European Hornbeams, Carpinus betulus, forming a French Allee, at the Staten Island Botanical Garden. After they reach about 12 feet in height, the Hornbeams start to curve, and can be trained to join, forming the Allee. I found this "living tunnel" a great place to get away from the heat of the sun, which I guess is the point! Planted in 1997, it connects the Lion's Sensory Garden with the Chinese Scholar's Garden, and is made of 120 plants. You can learn more about this beautiful place, part of the Snug Harbor Cultutral Center, at www.snug-harbor.org. Please View On Black.