The Japanese gardener who brought the jacaranda trees to Mexico City

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The inhabitants of Mexico City know that spring has arrived, when the sky and ground are painted purple. This is thanks to the jacarandas outbreak, which occurs in late February and ends in June.

The Japanese gardener who brought the jacaranda trees to Mexico City
The Japanese gardener who brought the jacaranda trees to Mexico City

Below we explain how the arrival of these trees was to the country's capital and how much it costs to live in the areas where you can enjoy their beauty.

Why are jacaranda trees in certain areas?

It was thanks to the gardener Tatsugoro Matsumoto that today you can see these trees in certain areas of the city. From Alameda Central, Condesa and Anzures, to Chapultepec, Lomas de Chapultepec, Polanco and Del Valle.

This work was done at the request of former President Porfirio Díaz, whose intention was to diversify and improve the urban image of what is now known as CDMX.

Tatsugoro Matsumoto's migration papers in 1896 / Image: General Archive of the Nation

One of the areas where Matsumoto was concentrated was the Roma neighborhood since, according to the EFE news agency , it was one of the most elegant neighborhoods in the city and the preferred place of the new rich that emerged during the Díaz government.

These people lived in large houses with gardens, so they needed someone trained to take care of those spaces and Matsumoto was the ideal person. It was from that moment that he began to be appreciated within the wealthy sectors of Porfirian society and perceived as a landscape architect.

Thanks to the intense work of Matsumoto, as well as the type of climate and soil in the city, these trees are preserved and have proliferated today.

According to information from the Ministry of the Environment (SEDEMA), in CDMX there are two types of soil, urban and conservation.

Jacarandas predominate in urban areas, the region where most of the population lives. This type of land is characterized by being in the downtown area and having long avenues with large buildings.

On the other hand, the conservation soil is the rural area located in the mountainous and lacustrine zone of the south west of the city, and where almost a quarter of the population lives.

Why live in a place with jacarandas?

According to Leonardo González, Real Estate analyst at , the urban image plays an increasingly important role in the intention of buying a home as well as in the level of satisfaction and integration with the environment.

“A friendly urban image makes a city more livable,” says the expert.

Of the CDMX sites where there are jacaranda trees, Alameda Central is the cheapest to live in. According to the Values ​​section of, the average price of an apartment for sale in the downtown area is 1.4 million pesos and for rent it is 13,317 pesos per month.

Anzures and Del Valle follow, places where the average price of an apartment for sale ranges between 4.1 and 4.5 million pesos and for rent between 18,199 pesos and 20,268 pesos per month.

Later there is Condesa, where you can appreciate the beauty of the jacarandas in the Mexico and Spain parks. In this area, an apartment for sale has an average price of 6.2 million pesos and for rent of 27,053 pesos per month.

Bosque de Chapultepec and Lomas de Chapultepec are other areas to enjoy the natural beauty of these trees. In both places, the average price of an apartment for sale is 15.1 million pesos and rented is in the range of 46,256 and 52,830 pesos per month.

Finally, in Polanco the average price of an apartment for sale is 17.3 million pesos and for rent it is 50,670 pesos per month.

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