In his ongoing series visiting the trees listed in Lyn Mullin’s book “Historic Trees of Zimbabwe”, Gus (the African Plant Hunter) shares the story of the magnificent Washingtonia robusta palm trees that run down the centre of the widest avenue in the capital city, Harare. These trees, familiar to anyone who’s ever strolled down the Hollywood Boulevard, were planted in the 1920s along Julius Nyerere Avenue, which was at the time called “Kingsway” in honour of the visit to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) by the British Duke of Connaught. They are still standing today, nearly a century later.