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    London Planetree: A Tough Dweller with a Confusing Past

    By James R. Fazio | December 5, 2017

    “Anyone who measures the height of two London planes at Bryanston, Dorset, will assume either he, or his hypsometer (a measuring device), has gone barmy,” writes Thomas Parkenham in his book, Meeting with Remarkable Trees. Parkenham’s humorous enthusiasm is directed at two magnificent London planetrees “girthing” at 16 and 18 feet. He says that their massive trunks give them “such graceful proportions that they rise effortlessly from the ferny track, as though there was nothing in this achievement and British…

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