There is some debate about how to pronounce the name of this tree. We thought that the correct pronunciation was with the Spanish 'h' sound for the 'j', as in Hawk-a-rahnda. You can see rows and rows of them from the 110 Freeway, lining the streets below, reaching west to the beach and east to the desert.
MamaMia and The Professor made up a little ditty in honor of Purple Jacaranda Trees in Springtime:
(use the Spanish pronunciation)
Jaca-, jaca-, jacaranda!
See them blooming- ovah yondah!
When I drive my purple Honda,
I look like a Jacaranda!
But evidently the tree originated in a region where its name is pronounced Jack-a-randa. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Lavender Lantana, used mostly as ground cover in my 'edge of the mountains' neighborhood.