World Tree Day
Date posted: Monday 30th November 2015
Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree roots can be found in Bushy Park, Richmond Park, St James’s Park, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park.
Cypress trees growing in swampy areas tend to have a peculiar growth called ‘cypress knees’ – these are woody projections sent above the normal water level, roughly vertically from the roots like the ones pictured here!
Big Cone Pine
The Big Cone Pine (Pinus coulteri) in Bushy Park produces, as the name suggests, giant pine cones – as big as pineapple! – weighing up to 5 ½lb (2.5kg). This species of Pine tree is native of the United States and was planted in memory of the World War II American base. It can be found in the Woodlands Gardens.