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Flame tree joins jacaranda companion in Quadrangle

July 22, 2017

The University of Sydney’s much-loved jacaranda graced the southern end of the Quadrangle for 88 years before dying in 2016. The planting of a native flame tree and a clone of the original jacaranda was celebrated in a special ceremony on July 21.

Artist’s impression of the jacaranda tree and flame tree in bloom. Credit: The University of Sydney.

“In planting the jacaranda we return a historical icon to the Quadrangle and recognise the role it has played in the University’s past,” said Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

“With the flame tree we acknowledge that the University is built on the lands of Australia’s first peoples who have been teaching and learning in this country for tens of thousands of years,” Dr Michael Spence said.

The two 4.5-metre trees were planted opposite each other at the southern end of the Quadrangle the previous night. They are often used as companion plants as both are deciduous and flower in late spring.

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