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Purple blossoms appear as southern California's Jacaranda trees go into full bloom on May 19, 2004 in South Pasadena, California. The subtropical Jacarandas are common throughout much of southern California, growing as tall as 30- to 90-feet.
It could happen at any moment. Spring is almost upon Los Angeles, and that means purple will explode across the city, thanks to the jacaranda tree.
The papery flowers are found across the city, and bloom twice a year — in the spring and in the fall. The Los Angeles Times once called the bright blooms charming, but frustratingly messy.
How did they end up in LA?
They were first planted in the 1890s in San Diego and slowly made their way up the coast. The particular tree that tends to dot L.A. are nicknamed the blue jacaranda, although they're less blue than their Southern American relatives, according to the LA Times.
It's all thanks to Kate Sessions, a horticulturist who brought planted jacarandas — as well as "cypress, pine, oak, pepper trees and eucalyptus, most grown from seeds obtained throughout the world," according to the Oakland Museum.
The seeds were brought here when the city of San Diego started planting Balboa Park, after buying the 40 acres for $175.
Here's Huell Howser gushing about the trees.
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