Libohova

Libohova Plane Tree

  Rr. Avni Rustemi     21 Aug 2022
Forget about the castle - surely Libohova's stately 500-year-old plane tree, growing near the bend in the main road, is the most important sight in town? Its leaves have overheard many generations of locals discussing world events at the cafe tables below - even celebreties such as Lord Byron certainly must have rested here a while. This magnificent platanus orientalis or oriental plane was planted in the 16th century, some say by a local barber. Now 32 metres high, its trunk 7 metres in circumference, the foliage provides 600 square metres of cool shade, complemented by a stream and gurgling fountain. The locals say you can easily fit a villa underneath, but just in case you miss it, a sign has been screwed into the trunk to specify this is the one. Nearby, plane leave shapes have been ingeniously integrated in the new road paving as a nod to the town's most famous resident.

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