Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
15 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Jacarandas steal SA hearts

Marizka Coetzer

'I’ve even had Brazilian clients wanting to visit Jacaranda City, even though the tree originally comes from South America.'

Pretoria's Jacarandas are reason enough to paint the city during World Watercolour Month. Image: iStock

It’s an alien, it has a vibrant purple colour and it has worked its way into the hearts of people in Tshwane with its interesting history and the fact that it is a magnet for tourists. The jacaranda tree has become part of the capital city’s culture and is known in many parts of the world. On Thursday, Prof Anton van Vollenhoven, along with the department of arts and culture, showed a presentation on Pretoria’s beloved purple-flowered tree. Valentino Meirotti, a local tour guide, said jacarandas have become part of Pretoria’s culture. “If you are booking a trip and mention...