What happened to the tree in first pic or just the way it's? This tree is on the highway near Chadstone shopping centre, Melbourne.
#1 is a London Plane with some huge burls on. This may be a consequence of pruning damage when it was young, but no-one really knows why they form. The wood on those burls can be very valuable to wood carvers, as it often has very decorative grain.
#2 is a poplar of some sort.
#3, the stem on the left is an Agave flower stem. Not sure about the heavily pruned shrub on the right.
Thank alot, specially for very interesting infs about London Plane tree.