Many have travelled from faraway lands just to get a glimpse of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is summer.
Adorned with its blooming Jaracanda trees, Harare offers a spectacular picturesque that imprints on many a mind.
Forget about the traffic congestion in the capital city, disregard the burst sewage pipes and the potholes that are giving motorists a night mare, instead choose to see the beauty as blossoming jacaranda trees brighten up Harare’s summer time.
Jacaranda trees are found all over Harare and Zimbabwe’s other towns and cities, and they are also widely scattered across the countryside.
But for Harare, the jacarandas were neatly planted along the streets and their blossoming provides an amazing picturesque as a canopy of purple catches even the most inattentive eye.
It would be painful though for many to know that the jacaranda tree, now an iconic element that has earned Harare the title: ‘The City of Flowering Trees,’ is not Zimbabwean but an invader’s specie.
Jacaranda is in fact a native of South America, in particular Brazil.
The story goes that the plant was first introduced to the then Fort Salisbury – now Harare – in 1899 by a honeymooning couple which carried home six seedlings from the botanical gardens in Durban, South Africa.
Thanks to the power of public works projects in the early 20th century, jacaranda trees soon took root in Salisbury’s parks, gardens and alongside its expanding road network.
And today, tourists enjoy taking each other pictures of the beautiful Harare jacaranda blended streets
The City of Harare intends to continue planting the jacaranda trees so that the beauty is maintained, according Mrs Josephine Ncube, the Acting Town Clerk.
The aerial view of the trees represents a purple blanket covering the capital city
Trees are important in our lives, apart from beautifying the land, they provide us with oxygen, shade and medicines, among many other uses.