City wood with stories
A visit to the treasury of Stichting Stadshout in Amsterdam always yields special finds, and the fun is: they know exactly where the tree stood. With Google Street View you can look back in time and see the tree!
Like this elm that stood in Czaar Peterstraat opposite no. 177. This is one of the nicest elm streets in Amsterdam (named after Tsar Peter the Great who came here at the time of the VOC). Unfortunately, many elms are in a bad condition. This tree was felled on December 22, 2017.
Trumpet tree, Frederiksplein. Cropped on 30 January 2018.
The botanical name Catalpa is derived from the Cherokese 'catawba'. These Indians used parts of this tree as medicine. When a flower is viewed separately, it appears that it has the shape of a trumpet, hence the Dutch name. (source Wikipedia)
Finally, an elm from De Lairessestraat opposite number 109 (see photos). The tree was felled on Oct 20, 2017. Any music box to order can be made from the wood of these trees. On the same day I also bought some planks from a sweet cherry from the Mozartkade and from a horse chestnut from the Vondelpark! Unfortunately there are no photos of this.