A classic avenue tree of leafy suburbia, Common Limes can become huge, but are usually pollarded to maintain a neat shape. There are many different Limes to be seen and they all look rather similar, so to identify this species look out for suckers around the base. In summer this tree is responsible for honey dew, that sticky stuff that makes cars and pavements go black.
Trees provide more benefits the older and larger they are.
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Perhaps the first blossom trees most people will encounter not far from their own front doors are the Purple Cherry Plums.
Widely planted across London, they have already started showing their blossom, which in fact, is a little later this year than in some years. There are two cultivars you are likely to come across, 'Pissardii' with pale pink, almost white flowers (like the ones above), and 'Nigra' with pinker blooms. The flowers of these trees are perhaps their loveliest attribute, they are followed by very deep purple leaves that can look a little foreboding, especially when they are planted in groups or avenues.
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