Geneva has Platanus, planes, or plane trees. They are a hybrid of a couple of different types of Sycamore trees. These ornamental trees are common here in Europe.
Their umbrella like branches provide shade and line country roads, promenades and town squares. If not pruned back, they can grow quite large.
Everyone who visits remarks on the trees. The produce lush foliage, are majestic and lend an elegant air to the lakeside. However, most visitors are intrigued by/interested in its bark, which has a mottled, scaly appearance. Mature bark peels off in irregularly shaped patches.
Plane trees have a storied history along roadsides in this area. Napoleon ordered their extensive planting on roadsides so that he could take advantage of their grand canopies to keep his marching army cool.
Unfortunately, a fungus is attacking them. During WWII, US soldiers brought munition boxes made from a US version of the tree. They carried with them a fungus that has been attacking the trees and has spread.
Geneva’s trees look unaffected. They prune them back in the fall after their leaves have fallen. With their interesting bark and elegant shape, we like the look of them in winter too. Heck, we like them in spring and fall as well.
I’ll agree, those trees are awesome. I’ve seen them and I love. them. But that water fountain isn’t so bad either. Love that shot of water.
Great photos of amazing trees. Thanks for sharing them with us and I’m excited that J & J will see them soon.
We can’t wait for their visit!
Ooooh… now i know what those knobbly trees are called. Thanks. Lovely photos.
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Thanks for this! I miss Geneva since moving away 9 years ago. Time to prune the tree in my front yard here in Canada and I’m hoping to recapture some of those memories by creating my own “ball tree”, so I found your blog looking for pictures of those trees without their leaves. Every attempt at roasting chestnuts has fallen pitifully short, so if this doesn’t work I’m down to either parking 6 blocks away when I go to a restaurant (why would they have a parking lot?) or paying $200 for a couple bags’ worth of groceries. Here’s hoping!
Thanks for this well explained post and great shots. I moved here from the US and have been captivated by these trees and wanted to find out all about them!