This tree is a large and mature Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia). It has a height of approximately 10m and a canopy spread of 14m. The trunk diameter at 1.0m above the ground is approximately 0.6m. It appears to be in relatively good health and vigour and provides a most striking feature when in flower, especially given its proximity to the corner and the fact that it has been largely left unpruned.
A large and well formed specimen of the species, related to the previous development of the site as the Rachel Forster Hospital which was initially developed in 1925, but is now abandoned. The tree is representative of the planting style and species of post war planting and often associated with Hospitals. It is an excellent example of the species that has visual and historical significance.
Rachel Forster Hospital was initially developed in 1925. The Jacaranda was not part of the original hospital planting as the part of the site where it is located was still occupied by buildings in the 1940’s. It is likely to be planted in the 1950’s or 60’s when civic Jacaranda planting was very commonly undertaken.