The Jacarandas reflect in the window of the new Grafton Library in construction.
Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
The Jacarandas reflect in the window of the new Grafton Library in construction. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Premature jacas causing headaches for some

CLIMATE change might force Grafton's Jacaranda Festival Committee to bite the bullet and move the festival forward.

Festival manager Kristy Schrader said the trees had come into bloom earlier this year, but it looked like the flowers would hang on long enough to give festival week its purple hue.

"I can remember jacarandas where the blooms came out just in time for the crowning of the queen and Jacaranda Thursday," Ms Schrader said.

But it's not just the anecdotal evidence from festival organisers pointing to a change in blooming times.

A report in national media noted jacaranda trees were flowering abnormally in Sydney as well.

The acting executive director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Dr Brett Summerell, said jacaranda trees were the latest flora to flower early during the city's exceptionally warm year.

"It's certainly pretty early considering what's happened in the past," Dr Summerell said.

He said it appeared trees were flowering as much as four weeks earlier than three decades ago.

While Ms Schrader said the committee had not considered moving the festival forward, it might have to consider taking the editor's pencil to the Jacaranda Ode.

"The bit about the festival coinciding with the first appearance of the jacaranda blooms might have to be changed," she said.

"But if this continues, somewhere down the track we might have to look at dates."



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