Junction Tree Vote

Voting has now closed! Thanks everyone – we’ll publish the results soon.


No doubt you remember this tree that stood in the planter outside the park after the junction was re-jigged. Back in 2023 Lambeth Council took the tough decision to cut down the tree as it was not healthy and posed a risk to traffic and pedestrians. Fast forward to March 2024 and plans are afoot to plant a replacement.

What tree would you like to be planted in this spot?

Tree officers have come up with a choice of 4 iconic trees for you to choose from. Read the info below and cast your vote. Polls close at 11:59 pm on Sunday 3rd March. Further information available in the links below, though you may want to do your own research too. And remember, given the time it takes for a tree to grow to maturity, in reality we are voting for the next generation to enjoy.

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Introducing the trees...

Oak cultivar

Quercus ‘Mauri’

An oak cultivar of Quercus rubra and Quercus palustris. This deciduous species has a pyramidal growth habit which can reach 20 – 25m and a canopy spread of approximately 5-7m. Large leaves, which depending on levels of exposure to light can turn red in the autumn (seasonal interest).

More info at vdberk.co.uk

Pride of India

Koelreutia paniculata

Commonly known as the ‘Pride of India’ or ‘Golden rain tree’, this tree originating from China is well adapted to urban London settings. With a more spherical growth habit, this deciduous species has a typical height of 8 – 12m and a canopy spread of 8+m. Its delicate pinnate leaves also providing seasonal interest changing colours from pinkish bronze to green and then a pale yellow from Spring to summer and then autumn. The tree can also produce small lantern-like fruit in the summer.

More info at rhs.org.uk

Dawn redwood

Metasequoia glyptosroboides

Commonly known as a ‘Dawn redwood’ originating from southern and western China. This fast growing species has the pyramidal growth habit of most coniferous species, with a height of 25 – 35m. However unlike most coniferous species, this tree’s needle clusters provide autumnal interest by changing colour to a bronze and then brown before falling in the winter, allowing its sculptural silhouette to be appreciated and showing off its cinnamon coloured bark.

More info at rhs.org.uk

Japanese pagoda tree

Styphnolobium japonicum

Also known as the ‘Japanese Pagoda tree’ or ‘Honey tree’. Originating from China, this deciduous species has a spherical growth habit with a height of 15 – 20m and canopy spread of 8+m. The beautiful open canopy of this species is framed by its elegant deep green pinnate style leaves from spring to autumn and small white pea shaped flowers in summer and autumn and is synonymous with peace and enlightenment.

More info at rhs.org.uk