14 October 2021

Tree Boulevard

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.


Alana said...

I love linden trees. In the city where I used to work before the pandemic, we have a street named for them, and a beautiful boulevard in a residential neighborhood lined with these. Their flowers have such a wonderful scent.

Damyanti Biswas said...

These are lovely. I've seen them on my walks in Singapore too!

Archana said...

@Alana - Wow! Yet another street named after the Linden!! Thanks for sharing this info! and stopping by :-)

Archana said...

Thats great @Damayanti! Thank you!

Parul said...

I would love to see a Mango street or a Banyan road :) This is cool and in Bangalore, a tech part were I work has buildings that are named after trees - cedar, pine, oak and so on. It always makes me smile. Thanks for sharing these from Berlin, Archana. See you tomorrow.

Cath said...

Some years ago, I lived near a suburb called Mango Hill. It was named for a grove of mango trees....here is a Wikipedia exert

"Although locally known by this name since the 1950s, it wasn't until 1 September 1980 that it was formally decreed. The name Mango Hill was chosen to commemorate the section of Mango trees (Magnifera indica) that were planted along the 700 metre (2,300 ft) section of Anzac Avenue that passes through the area."

Mali said...

Ooh, thank you for showing me a linden tree. I learned about them through music! Fascinating about the aphids! Our town is lined with pohutukawa trees, a NZ native which I feature quite often on Treelove Thursdays in summer.

Archana said...

@Cath That's great to know!! Mango is among my favourite fruits!! Thanks for stopping by :-)

Archana said...

@Parul WOW! Buildings named after trees .. thats a great idea.. I hope they planted one of those species in the compound!! Happy to be sharing new info via TTL. Thanks Parul!

Archana said...

@Mali Yes, I love the NZ natives on your posts! Thanks for stopping by :-)

JoAnna said...

Historically, we have a lot of big "live oaks" here in North Carolina with streets, office parks, and businesses being named after them. I do hope we can do better at saving the big trees.

Archana said...

@JoAnna That's true. Maybe naming streets, parks etc is a first step towards saving the big trees. Thank for stopping by! :-)

dee Nambiar said...

Nice to learn about the Linden Trees.