The Monday Quiz – What’s That Street Tree?

Silver Wattle/Mimosa (Acacia dealbata)

Dear Readers, I have been fascinated by street trees for a while, and just recently it’s become very topical on my street. A tree has been taken down, and the residents have been asked to pick from a list of possible replacements. I was rather taken aback (and somewhat delighted) by the sheer ambition of the trees selected, and so this week, I thought we could combine  a quiz and some feedback. Firstly, just match the photograph to the species, as usual. Then, if you were going to have a new street tree, which of these would you choose, and why? Feel free to chip in even if you don’t want to do the quiz. I have my own thoughts, which I’ll share next week.

Here is a view of the street in autumn…

Crab Apple in East Finchley

…and in spring, just so you can get the general idea 🙂

Okies, so on to the trees. There are only 6 of them so that should make for a nice easy quiz this week. Just match the name to the photo, and pop your answers in the comments by 5 pm UK time on Saturday 5th June, along with any thoughts on which one we should choose if you have any. I will remove your entry as soon as I see it.

So, if you think that the tree in photo A is Amelanchior arborea, the serviceberry, your answer is 1) A)



  1. Amelanchior arborea var Robin Hill (Serviceberry/Shadbush)
  2. Prunus fruticosa var Globosa (European Dwarf Cherry – Globe form)
  3. Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree)
  4. Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese Privet)
  5. Halesia carolina (Carolina Silverbell)
  6. Lagestromia indica (Red) (Crepe Myrtle)


Photo A by Paul Cooper at


Photo B from


Photo C by KENPEI, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo D by By Antony-22 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Photo E from


Photo F by By Bouba at French Wikipedia - photo by Bouba, CC BY-SA 3.0,






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