With the development of suburban houses and gardens around towns in the Victorian era, exotic trees and shrubs were very fashionable. Some original specimens still thrive and delight us – Winter-flowering Prunus and the range of white and pink cherries and magnolias catch the eye in Spring time.
In recent years, many new planting schemes have been carried out to enhance our urban environment. Street trees are more widespread than they used to be. Among the new planting in city squares, there may be young trees which will grow into the landmark trees of the future.