Rare jacaranda blooms
THERE is a spectacular work of Mother Nature behind the Gympie Civic Centre.
A rare white jacaranda tree is in full bloom and its flowers are a sight to behold, especially for former deputy mayor Noel Ellis.
He planted the tree in 1997 in commemoration of a worldwide peace walk.
"Every year I have a look at it," he said. "I admire that tree. A lot of people don't even know it exists."
It is the only tree of its kind in the Gympie region that Mr Ellis is aware of.
A collector of rare trees, he first saw the plant 30 years ago in Ballinger, Victoria.
"It was so different, very striking ... a magnificent tree," he said.
From there he brought some tips back to Gympie, grafting the plant which then grew in a private nursery.
Today it receives little care, except the occasional mow around the trunk, but it is a hardy plant and the park soil is particularly good.
There will be another month of flowering before the tree is dormant and Mr Ellis encouraged Gympie residents to take a moment to admire it.
"Have a look in the next month while it's at its peak," he said.