This oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis) is one of two located just outside the Renaissance gardens and arboretum of Trsteno in Croatia. They are thought to be approximately 500 years old and have a colourful history including helping to save Dubrovnik from the Napoleonic army in 1806 due to a fallen limb which stalled his army for a few days. Five trees were planted in the 16th Century but only 2 now survive which have grown to a great size. According to Monumentaltrees.com in 2013/2014 this one had a girth of 11.91metres and a height of 40.6 metres. I made a special visit to this incredible tree whilst on holiday as I think it is a great tale of history and survival. In the picture my sister is hugging the tree to show its great size!