Tuesday, May 15, 2007

London Plane

This is London Plane, a really common tree in British towns. I think it is a cross between an American Sycamore and... erm... hang on... Wikipedia to the rescue...

It IS a hybrid between the American Sycamore and the Oriental Plane, first spotted in Spain!

So WHY is a tree growing in Taunton, tracing it's roots (pun intended) back to the orient and America, first noticed in Spain called a London Plane????

Oh and it is the symbol of the NY City Parks Department? Do they call it the London Plane or the New York Plane? So many questions, never enough answers...



Blogger Sally said...

The London plane is also the predominant street planting in Sydney. It makes its wayinto many of my blog pics. The name? Hmmmm....that's a good question - maybe cos it's jjust so prevalent in London?


8:36 PM  
Blogger RamblingRound said...

Resembles our sweetgum tree.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Ame said...

Hmmmmmmmmm...VERRRRRRRRRY interesting Mark...I learned something NEW! This is almost better than National Geographic! LOL!

But I'm curious...Wiki says your tree's leaves are fuzzy at first but then become "hairless"...have you checked?

Are they in the "hairless" stage now? Or still fuzzy!


11:14 PM  

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