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Wednesday, January 10, 2024 big moon Bethlehem CT

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I was in Newport Rhode Island in the beginning of December Newport is a great place to go if you like trees At the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century gardening was popular among the elite. Plant explorers were circling the globe in search of hardy plants that would grow in the USA uk France and other places in Europe. Everyone had to have the latest and greatest new cultivar or species. The plants were collected like trading cards. It was an exciting time in horticulture. The tree in the photo is a London plane tree which is a cross between the American sycamore and a Chinese species of sycamore. It is easy to distinguish the difference as the London plane bears its seed balls in clusters of two. The American sycamore “buttonballs” are born singly. usually the London planes are a cream colored mottling and Americans are a white mottling.
 



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