Platanus x acerifolia /London Planetree

Platanus x acerifolia   / Platanus x acerifolia
A large planting in Central Park in New York City
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A large planting in Central Park in New York City

Trees grow from 70'-80' in height

Note differences in bark color due to exfoliation

Example of the harsh annual pruning (pollarding) that is practiced all over Europe

Specimen tree in Northern Italy (pollarding)

Trees in a small urban park in Switzerland. Old tree that have been pruned (pollarded) every year

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Scientific Name: Platanus x acerifolia
Common Name: London Planetree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: A very large tree to 70' in both heigth and spread. Maple-like leaves are to 7" long and 10" wide and may cause a problem when they fall in that they don't decompose readily. Very ornamental exfoliating bark that sluffs of in large plates to reveal smooth, lighter bark beneath. Pollution and drought tolerant.