Platanus x acerifolia - London Plane

Family: Platanaceae.
Landscape value: The London Plane is a majestic tree widely utilised for urban planting and large open spaces such as parks and gardens. Commonly used as a large street, avenue or park tree.
Height: 14 metres.
Width: 10 metres.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Habit: Rounded, open. Pyramidal when young. Eventually becoming a large tree.
Foliage: Large, mid-green leaves with three to five coarsely serrated lobes that loosely resemble those of some Acers. Golden-yellow to golden-bronze in autumn, not notable.
Flowers: Inconspicuous. Male and female flowers are separate on the same plant (monoecious).
Fruit: Pendulous, bristly balls to 25 mm wide are produced in groups of two to three.
Bark: Olive-brown, irregularly flaking off in plates to reveal younger beige to grey bark which creates an attractive mottled appearance. Ornamental, and a feature of this tree.
Tolerances: Wide range including urban conditions, differing soils and heavy atmospheric pollution. Responds well to pruning.
Comments: Best in moist, well drained, fertile soil in full sun to light shade. Hairs on the fruits and leaves can be irritating to the nose, eyes and throat for some. Can be prone to powdery mildew and anthracnose. Bark, leaf and fruit litter may be a problem in urban sites.
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All tree sizes are an estimate of the tree dimensions at 20 years.