Is Grafton the new home of Australia's biggest jacaranda?
THE Hunter Valley town of Singleton's claim to own the biggest jacaranda tree in Australia could be short lived.
In June the town's newspaper, The Singleton Argus, wrote the founder of the National Register of Big Tree, Derek McIntosh, had anointed a 17-metre high specimen that doubled as the community Christmas tree, as Australia's biggest.
But Grafton Jacaranda Committee festival manager Kristy Schrader said the Jacaranda City was about to steal a march on its southern rival.
"We can't say too much yet about it, but we're pretty sure we've found a tree to beat it," Ms Schrader said.
"We've got to get all the measurements done and have it photographed, but we're not too far off an announcement.
THE JACARANDA TO BEAT
Common name: Jacaranda
Scientific name: Jacaranda mimosifolia
Circumference: 4.50 metres (177 inches)
Height: 17.00 metres (55 feet)
Crown: 30.00 metres (98 feet)