14/11/2019

8 of the most interesting alleys and tunnels of flowers and trees

The trees, the longest living creatures on the planet, create one of the most delightful and unusual designs: tunnels of their interlaced crowns. It may look romantic, and maybe scary.

Tunnel Wisteria, Japan

Wisteria is the scientific name for wisteria, an amazing flower tree with a solid trunk and slender, graceful branches covered with multicolored clusters. A large labyrinth of wisteria is located in the Kawachi Fuji Garden in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu. The shape of the tunnel is created using wire arcs that are wound around the crowns of trees.

The tender blue, lilac, pink flowers, translucent in the sun, look very soothing, and the low-hanging branches make it possible to feel the sweetish aroma. The peak of flowering occurs in April and May, and at this time there is a festival of wisteria, no less popular than the festival of Sakura.

Purple Tunnel, South Africa

Johannesburg is a city-forest created by human hands. About 10 million trees have been planted in the city, but the jacaranda alley attracts special attention of tourists. Jacaranda, or violet tree, is very popular in the southern hemisphere, it comes from Latin America. One hundred years ago, the geocorandah was brought to Africa and today in Johannesburg and Pretoria you can find about 50 of its varieties. Violet tree blooms in October, at this time thousands of buds bloom in an amazing shade, turning the city alley into a purple tunnel.

Yew Tunnel, UK

The yews, from which an amazing tunnel came out, were planted by the Dyer family, owners of the Aberglassni estate in Wales, as early as the 18th century. When the trees grew, their crowns leaned towards each other and formed a wide arch. Over time, the branches are so intertwined that today it is difficult to calculate how many individual trees have merged into this unique natural structure.

Ginko Alley, Japan

During the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, all the trees died, but the six ginkgo trunks survived and are still growing. The ginkgo tree is especially revered in Japan, it is called the “tree of hope”. Ginko can be found everywhere: on the streets, in gardens and parks. A whole alley of Ginko Bilobaginkgolanted in the outer part of the Meiji temple in Tokyo. Even on a sunny hot day in this place twilight reigns, the coolness is felt and it seems that there is always autumn.

Dark Beech Alley, Northern Ireland

In the 18th century, the owner of the estate by the name of Stewart landed an alley of dark beeches to impress guests arriving at the estate. Two centuries later, this dark tunnel still leaves no one indifferent, and there is no other place in Northern Ireland that is so often painted and photographed. By the way, he was filmed in “Games of Thrones”, where he proudly called himself “Dear King”.

Bamboo Forest Sagano, Japan

On the outskirts of Kyoto, in the Arashiyama park, a bamboo forest called Sagano has been walled since the 14th century. Evergreen grove is like a web permeated with footpaths. Sagano Forest itself is very popular, and besides, famous temples and Shinto shrines are located next to it. When the wind rises in the forest, there is a majestic hum, which is included in the list of one hundred amazing sounds of Japan.

Roi-Goncalo de Carvalho, Brazil

Half a kilometer tunnel of powerful rosewood, the height of which reaches the level of the seventh floor of houses standing nearby, is located in the center of the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. The alley was planted in the first half of the last century, and at the beginning of this century, the authorities decided to cut it under construction. This caused widespread indignation and a campaign to protect “the most beautiful street in the world” took place on the Internet – the alley received this unofficial name after it was decided to leave Rua-Goncalo as a cultural heritage and “improver” of the environment because rosewood was very well cleaned and condition the air.

Cherry Streets, Germany

Bonn has many beautiful old streets, but two of them – Hörstrasse and Braitestrasse – in spring turn into huge pink bouquets filled with the fragrance of sakura flowers. Japanese cherry blooms only ten days and at this time in the city, you can meet especially a lot of tourists.

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