Manna Ash and the Washington Monument
They wanted a Manna Ash in the gardens. But the Manna Ash is indigenous to the countries of Southern Europe. Since it is accustomed to the same warm weather that attracted Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet to Spain, the Manna Ash has doesn’t grow as well in the colder climate of Amsterdam.
Solution? Graft the Manna Ash to the root structure of a Common Ash which is better suited for the cold. It makes for an interesting looking tree.
This tree doesn’t remind me of any comic book characters, but it does make me think about the Washington Monument. Thanks to funding problems and a little thing known as the Civil War, there was about a 25 year hiatus in the construction of the Washington Monument. When construction finally resumed, builders could not locate stone that matched the work that was already done. To this day, there is a distinct color change where the original effort left off.
Two Stones (Photo by CrimsonMage)
With both the Manna Ash and the Washington Monument, the construction materials of the top and the bottom were closely related. And yet, a border is still readily visible.