What tree is this?

Can anyone help me to indentify this tree for me DSCF5377please?

They grow along the main street of Levin and also in Whanganui I discovered on Monday. They get pruned back to these unusual stumpy branches in autumn and they will sprout forth in spring and be clothed in large shady leaves.


21 thoughts on “What tree is this?

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Another follower has suggested that it is a plane tree Ruth. Now I know what pollarded means. Thank you. They are gnarly looking trees at this time of the year.

      1. realruth

        We have them down Linwood Avenue here, which is why they are familiar. I think our ones have missed out on being pollarded lately because of earthquake priorities.

      2. ordinarygood Post author

        I guess the Linwood Ave plane trees will be growing taller then Ruth. I think our neighbour has just taken out some rotten plane trees which he used to prune back every winter but they were leaner specimens than this one.

  1. kiwiskan

    …not sure, but I hate how ugly they become when they are pollarded like this. Having said that, this one looks like a strong man practicing.

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  3. Marian Kerr

    They are indeed plane trees – there are a lot in Collingwood Street in central Nelson. The pollarding keeps them at a lower height and promotes very dense branches, so the tough cutback serves for lush growth come springtime.

  4. Cables and Colors

    Well, I have never seen such tree. I was surprised that you found my knitting blog before I had a chance to send you a link to find it. Best wishes, Judy

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It is a Plane tree Judy that has been cut back every year stunting its growth. They do have wonderfully large green leaves in spring and summer so are great shade trees. Welcome back to blogging!!!


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