Downey has these beautiful trees called Jacarandas that bloom with amazing lavender-colored flowers. While they make excellent shade trees, their real appeal comes from their fragrant trumpet-shaped blossoms. For a couple of months a year, they look like an explosion of purple. Some of my favorite streets in Downey are lined with these trees.
In reading about the trees, I found that they are not native to California, but were planted in the late 1890s by a horticulturist in Balboa Park (San Diego), and since have spread all over the state.
"I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow