The lilac inflorescence of the Jacaranda tree (Jacaranda obtusifolia) from South America is eye-catching but ephemeral. They bloom briefly and sheds its compound leaves regularly. This could be a reason why the once popular roadside tree is now rarely cultivated in Singapore. That being said, the tree has a local street named after it – Jacaranda Road connects Old Upper Thomson Road to Casuarina Road.
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