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QUERY: Trees planted beside war memorials

According to the website of St Andrew’s church, Bothal, Northumberland, the parish war memorial is ‘flanked by a weeping ash [Fraxinus excelsior ‘Pendula’] to the left representing the tears of the bereaved.  On the right the leaves of the Japanese maple [Acer palmatum] turn bright red in autumn symbolising the blood of the fallen.’

Does anyone know of trees being similarly used elsewhere?

Image:  Japanese maple, the Secret Garden, Crystal Palace, London Borough of Croydon, October 2018.

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