Photo of the Day: Street Trees

Italy, like many European countries, cuts the branches off their trees every year. Unlike in the US where street trees are allowed to grow without any major interference aside from routine pruning, or in the case of Pepco, a complete disemboweling, European trees are heavily pruned every year in a style called pollarding. Trees that have been pruned in this way end up growing little puff ball bundles of leaves at the end of the remaining branches. Personally I find it highly unattractive but they’ve been doing it forever and are unlikely to stop any time soon.

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