Friday 2 March 2018

Pagan Eye: London Plane Tree Catkins in the Snow

A photo taken in my local park - a London plane tree with its catkins topped with snow.

I'm rather a fan of London plane trees, even though the species isn't native to this country. I like the way the catkins - or seed pods - hang like natural Christmas baubles from the branches. I also like the fact that the tree copes well with the city's pollution and even helps to clean up our dirty air.

According to the Woodland Trust website, an interesting fact is that the origin of this tree isn't precisely known. However, it was brought to England from Spain in the 17th century and is probably a hybrid of the oriental plane and the American plane.

The Woodland Trust also says there is no known folklore or mythology concerning the London plane tree. If you know differently and have a folk tale or legend about the London plane tree, do let me know.

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