Around the World in 80 Trees

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Around the World in 80 Trees

Around the World in 80 Trees

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Its clusters of pretty cream flowers have a strong scent and plenty of nectar to attract hordes of pollinating insects.

We pay respect by giving voice to social justice, acknowledging our shared history and valuing the cultures of First Nations. After a brief rest, the female also exits, dousing herself in pollen produced by male flowers as she goes. A hybrid of the American sycamore and the Oriental plane, they have set an example to urban planners around the world. Nature writing at its best, skilfully weaving science with fascinating folklore and the sheer wonder of trees.Travelling eastwards from his London home, he chooses 80 trees from the 60,000 or so species on the planet.

He starts with the London Plane, “a tree of pomp and circumstance”, first planted in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, in 1789. The Blastophaga wasps that pollinate the common edible fig are female, stingless and just a couple of millimetres long. The classic Christmas tree is also prized for its ‘tonewood’, which is used to make the soundboards of the world’s most valuable stringed instruments.Bestselling author and environmentalist Jonathan Drori follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg as he tells the stories of 80 magnificent trees from all over the globe. The strawberry tree is native to the western Mediterranean and the southwest of Ireland – but not Britain. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water. From the trees of Britain, to India's sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. By day, the distinctive monochrome pattern of snow-clad birch forests is dazzling and disorientating, but during long boreal nights, their moonlit, ghostly forms take on an eerie power.

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