Here is some evidence...
These are trees! Cruelly mistreated until they are barely recognizable.
Oh, the inhumanity!
I had to know what these poor, sad, Dr. Seuss-esque trees were and asked my landlady, whose husband is a master gardener. She explained they are plantane. In English they are called sycamores, sycamore maples and plane trees. Un-Swiss Miss calls them "Tortured Trees." Their official name is Acer Pseudoplatanus.
You see them everywhere throughout Europe. They are very popular in urban areas because they are resistant to pollution and disease, grow very quickly and provide excellent shade.
But do they have to treat them so cruelly? To appreciate the full horror, here are some during the winter without leaves that help mask their deformities:
Because there is no way that a tree would choose to grow this way, it is obvious that intervention is required. They have to be fitted with a contraption that forces them to branch out in this unusual manner.
From a very young age, the trees must wear this device until they are deformed.
But it is not needed! For we have seen sycamores that were allowed to grow free, tall and proud:
And they still provide a great deal of shade.
So please, be kind to your trees. Let them grow unfettered. Allow them to live the life they were meant to live!
This has been a public service announcement.