Trees can be surprisingly resilient. And a good example of that is a healthy London plane on 33rd St. just north of O St.
Today it appears like a nicely progressing tree with two primary trunks splitting off at about seven feet off the ground. But that split has a cause, and that’s a violent storm in the spring of 2015. It left the tree looking like this:
The main trunk was pointed completely sidewise into 33rd St. Things did not look good for this still relatively young tree. But a resident affixed some rope to tug the tree back into shape, and time did its trick.
Eventually what used to be a side trunk became another main trunk, and the tree eventually regained a normal shape. Hopefully in ten years time it will tower over the street. Yay trees!