South African Young Academy of Science

Jacarandas in parts of South Africa are flowering earlier: why it’s a warning sign

Jacarandas in parts of South Africa are flowering earlier: why it’s a warning sign
July 29, 2021 jenfitchett
Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand In September each year, South Africa’s Gauteng province turns purple. The cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are well covered with trees – and jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia), with their purple blooms in late spring, are a prominent part of this urban forest. About 16% of the land in the Gauteng…