Every city has trees and authorities obviously make efforts to protect them, increase plantation etc. Some places have really old majestic trees that become tourist attractions! But I was really impressed when we travelled on the Unter den Linden ..
This is a Boulevard in Berlin that is named after the Linden trees growing there!
Wow! How cool is that!
|Zoom in to see Unter den Linden carved into the stone wall|
|Extensive road works were on during our visit and it was not possible to get off the bus and take any photos|
I did see several Linden trees around Berlin as I have in other parts of Europe. Reading up and looking for flora of any place we travel to has been a new penchant of mine and it was easy to identify the Linden.
Lindens belong to the Malvaceae family (Hibiscus family). The trees I saw had heart shaped leaves with toothed margin.
Our guide said she hated to park under a Linden as the car would be full of sticky substance the next morning! My research showed that it was not plant exudate to blame but the Aphids that infest the plant!
I have always wondered what factors guide species choice when roadside plantation is done.
In his book Trees of Delhi, the author Pradip Krishen, discusses why particular species may have been chosen to line avenues in Lutyens Delhi. Apparently evergreen species which do not grow very tall (size and shape of trees) were a factor.
New York streets are said to have predominantly male Gingko trees.
But I am not sure how many cities have roads named for trees growing there!
A big Yay for Unter den Linden!!
What have you noticed about the species lining trees in your city? Do you know of other streets named after trees?
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop. Do head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world. Better still, join in!
Word Press is giving me problems hence this post is on Blogger. WP has such downtimes frequently. I shall repost this on WP as and when it allows me to.