This artice is from three years ago too, and the picture is a bit older. I sort of wonder if this tree is still there.
Is this a bad idea for a green roof?
Is it a houseplant that got too big?
Is it a wheelchair accessible tree-house?
None of the above. It is just weird architecture, designed to preserve a rare Chilean wine palm. The tree was probably planted in the front garden of a Victorian home that was on this site before the site was redeveloped. Chilean wine palms were more popular back then; and this one seems to be about that age. Although it seems to be healthy now, the constriction in the trunk indicates that it had been stressed by the redevelopment, which undoubtedly covered much of the established root system. The time it took for the length of trunk above the constriction to grow coincides with the estimated age of the building below. The tree very likely had better access to rainwater before.
Because it is a palm, the trunk…
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