We often nail signs to our trees, loop cables over them, and of course, think nothing of choping them off for the flimisiest of reasons, for example if one obstructs a hoarding.

But even when the trees are allowed to live, all may not be well.

I saw this tree with its leaves all lit up by LED lights. "An unnatural green!" I thought to myself, and decided to click.

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At this point, my friend Sarrah Reshamwalla raised a valid point. "Trees carry on photosynthesis in their leaves when exposed to light," she pointed out. "Does this mean that the tree continues this process day and night without a break when illuminated like this at night?"

I do not know the answer to this, and am about to ask a few botanists about it. But meanwhile, the sight of the tree with a green that is not natural continues to trouble me.