RARE SIGHT: Gympie’s white flowering jacaranda tree and (below) the plaque marking the planting of the tree in 1997 for World Wide Peace Day.
RARE SIGHT: Gympie’s white flowering jacaranda tree and (below) the plaque marking the planting of the tree in 1997 for World Wide Peace Day. Greg Miller

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.

WHAT A BEAUTY: Former Kenilworth woman Chelsea Wright admires the stunning white flowers on what could be Gympie’s only white jacaranda behind the Civic Centre while taking a break from the QDO conference yesterday.
WHAT A BEAUTY: Former Kenilworth woman Chelsea Wright admires the stunning white flowers on what could be Gympie’s only white jacaranda behind the Civic Centre while taking a break from the QDO conference yesterday.
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