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The Tower of London

London Plane

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              The leaves of the London plane are maple like. What exactly does this mean? Well, they are like the leaves you get on the many varieties of maple trees. If you know what the Canadian flag looks like, the symbol in the middle of that is maple shaped. In any case we will meet two of the maple varieties when we visit Tower Hill garden shortly. It should be pointed out that the London plane is not a maple tree.

              The London plane is a great cause for complaint among Londoners when the spring comes, because at this time of year those nuts that are hanging down from the branches begin to crumble and disintegrate. They do not, as would be expected, contain single nuts like the chestnut which they resemble, but are made up of lots and lots of spores which, when they divide, float around and scatter. This affects the atmosphere in London, and at a casual glance, it looks as if it is raining. These spores cause havoc for those pour souls who suffer from hay fever, and, at least, make the eyes water of those that don't suffer from that allergy. When these spores settle on the London pavements, they gather together again when they are blown by the wind into corners, and the subsequent heaps, which are brown, resemble hay or more crudely, horse manure.

plane trees by the tower

A plane tree with
the tower of London

plane trees in Berkley square

It's easy to identify the trees at Berkley Square, because every single one is a London Plane

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