“When I visit London in summer I always feel much interested in the luxuriant and happy state the Plane trees seem to be in compared with other London trees.” Thomas Rivers – Gardener’s Chronicle (1860)
Last Sunday, fellow UCV member David Macdonald pointed out to me that leaves on plants growing under a plane tree on the church grounds all had a sticky sheen. He said he also noticed his bike tires make a different sound on the pavement under overhanging plane trees. That was news to me … although before moving to Canada I lived in London, where these trees are common.
Apart from being aware that the London plane is an introduced species – it is rare-to-nonexistent in the English countryside – introduced because it survives under conditions that kill other trees, I knew very little about the tree. Now I know much more, thanks to the botany-of-plane-trees page and other pages on I.M. Chengappa’s website aranya.co.uk – where he posted the photo shown above.