London Planetree: Anything but Plain

    By Bonnie Ricketts | August 23, 2016
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    Platanus x acerifolia

    The London planetree, which is a hybrid of the Oriental planetree and the American sycamore, was first introduced in London around the mid-17th century. Its most notable characteristic is an ability to thrive in areas that are prone to air pollution, like large cities, due to its natural cleaning method. The London planetree’s exfoliating bark, which it continually sheds throughout its lifetime, helps the tree cleanse itself of toxins it absorbs from its environment.

    This large shade tree has a mature height of 80–100 feet, with an average spread of 80 feet. On average, it grows 13–24 inches every year and thrives in a variety of soils. Its hearty nature allows the tree to be transplanted easily, and it’s also resistant to anthracnose.

     Environmental Conditions

    •Does well in a wide range of soils (acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils).

    •Grows best in full sun and partial shade, with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight.

    •Can be successfully grown in zones 5–9.


     Physical Attributes

    •Grows at a moderate rate.

    •Reaches a height of 80–100 feet with a spread at 80 feet.

    •Produces ball-like clusters of seed approximately 1″ in diameter.

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