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Here’s What L.A.’s Jacaranda Bloom Looks Like Right Now

May 25, 2020 by Christina Champlin
Jacaranda bloom in Westwood. Photo by Christina Champlin

If you’ve driven around Los Angeles lately, you’ve surely spied some of the blooming jacaranda brightening neighborhoods all over the Southland. The ravishing purple blossoms are hard to miss, whether lining a residential street or poking up over a freeway wall.

The trees were originally popularized in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, and in the near-century that’s passed, they’ve been planted all over the city. They typically bloom between April and June and, based on observations, we are definitely in peak jacaranda season.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, I drove around the city to snap some shots of what this year’s bloom looks like in a variety of neighborhoods. Check out the following photos and be sure to scroll down below the gallery to see some instructions on how you, too, can locate clusters of these blossoming beauties.

Jacaranda bloom in Sherman Oaks. Photo by Christina Champlin
Jacaranda in bloom in Los Feliz. Photo by Christina Champlin
Jacaranda bloom in Westwood. Photo by Christina Champlin
Jacaranda bloom in Westwood. Photo by Christina Champlin
Jacaranda bloom in La Cienega Heights. Photo by Christian Champlin
Jacaranda bloom in Crenshaw. Photo by Christina Champlin

Finding a Jacaranda Bloom

Chances are you probably live closer to a jacaranda bloom than you think. And if you’re not able to just step outside your door and see these purple delights on your morning walk, then here’s a tip:

Time Out L.A.’s Michael Juliano created this map with data from L.A.’s Bureau of Street Services, which has an online map of every tree on L.A. streets.

Using that map as a starting point, I located some of the most densely packed streets and looked up the addresses on Google Maps to see what the composition might look like in real life.

Hint: I’m not listing the addresses above (just the neighborhoods), but you can use the same procedure to hunt a few photo-worthy Jacaranda-lined streets, too. Enjoy the bloom!

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