Jacaranda trees, with their stunning masses of beautiful purple-blue flowers, are a wonderous sight at this time every year. Leader photographer Chris Lane compiled a gallery of pictures he has taken over the past few weeks in Hogben Park, Kogarah, around the Como Hotel and in the City.
Trees begin to flower in mid-October each year and the peak occurs in mid-November before the colour gradually fades.
The jacarandas in Hogben Park, which have delighted residents for many years, are thought to be remnants of a residential property (circa 1930-40s) to which the council added more over the years to maintain the avenue as a feature of the park.
Earlier this month, the Leader told the story of the fight by residents to save the jacarandas at Como.
Opponents of a council proposal to remove the trees included Sister Irene Haxton, who gave a jacaranda seed to the mother of every baby born at her Jacaranda Private Hospital in Woolooware, leading to a proliferation in the shire.
Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) are native to parts of Central and South America.
They have been growing in Australia for more than 150 years. It is believed seeds were brought to Sydney on visiting ships.