In the heyday of its planting the London Plane grew up in the heart of the industrial revolution which left London black with soot. Few species could survive such an assault but the plane has a special trick which allows it to thrive in polluted air. Its bark is brittle and, because it cannot adapt to the fast growth of the trunk and branches underneath, it drops off in flakes the size of a baby’s hand. The pleasingly random dapling left behind on the trunk resembles army camouflage and represents a critical part of the tree’s defence.
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