“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Pollarding Yu Yuan Road…

Posted: April 11th, 2019 | No Comments »

A job almost as old as the Shanghai International Settlement – pollarding (or pruning) the London plane trees of Shanghai. Two out of every three trees in the old Settlement and Frenchtown are London planes – ideal as they require only shallow roots, planted between 18 and 20 feet apart along many road they provide both shade from the sun and protection from winds. They are pollarded to allow for new growth and to prevent excessive overhang, usually around March and April. It’s been done every year for a century and a half now…Here’s 2019 pollarding on Yu Yuen Road (Yuyuan Lu now)….

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