From late September to middle November, Jacarandas bloom all over Pretoria and turn the face of the city purple. It is estimated that there are almost 70 000 Jacarandas growing around the many streets, parks and gardens of Pretoria. Jacaranda trees are not indigenous to South Africa and was introduced from Brazil to South Africa in 1829. It is seen as an invader tree but existing Jacarandas do not have to be eradicated.
Some of Pretoria’s oldest Jacarandas can be found around Bosman and Cilliers Streets, where some of the first lanes of Jacarandas were planted. There is also a claim that the biggest and oldest Jacaranda in Pretoria can be found on the corner of Eastwood and Stanza Bopape (old Church Street).
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Tshwane, the mega city capital of South Africa, consists of Pretoria and surrounding areas. Five major highways lead into the City of Tshwane. The city also has its own national airport – Wonderboom airport.