Ja­cas feel the heat

‘Sprum­mer’ weather may de­lay blooms

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Chris Hon­nery and Jar­rard Pot­ter

THE iconic burst of pur­ple flow­ers around Grafton could be de­layed this year with the con­tin­ued on­slaught of “sprum­mer” weather.

Tem­per­a­tures in the Clarence Val­ley soared last week, as the mer­cury reached 34.5°C in Grafton on Wed­nes­day, close to 10°C above the av­er­age set be­tween 2002 and 2016.

The sum­mer-like spring weather has forced the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy to coin the term “sprum­mer”.

“There could be a de­lay in the peak flow­er­ing sea­son (typ­i­cally in Oc­to­ber) be­cause of that warm win­ter,” a bureau spokesper­son said.

“Of­ten a burst of rain helps spring the flow­ers to life. Most jacaranda trees flower in spring but it does de­pend on how much rain falls.”

How­ever Junc­tion Hill Nurs­ery owner Patti Gil­bert has cast doubt on the BOM’s claim of the late blooming jacaranda trees.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I’m 70 and I’ve never seen a jacaranda tree not flower,” she said.

“They may be a bit late but they will still be in flower. We’ve had droughts worse than this and hot­ter tem­per­a­tures and they’ve still flow­ered on time.

“I think it’s the heat has more of an ef­fect on their flow­er­ing than the dry.

“I love jacaran­das and it’s some­thing I’ve watched for years and I’ve never ever seen them where they haven’t had flow­ers. Some years they might be half a week early but they’ve never not flow­ered.”

Ms Gil­bert said jacaranda trees have a very pre­dictable flow­er­ing pat­tern.

“Nor­mally in the first week of Oc­to­ber if you drive into town (from Junc­tion Hill) and along Turf St the trees will have no flow­ers, they’ll just look like dead sticks,” she said.

“In the sec­ond week they’ll have a mauve hue, and that will be stronger in the third week, and by the first week of Novem­ber they’ll be in full flower with a car­pet.”

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