London Plane Tree

PLATANUS X ACERIFOLIA – London Plane Tree

The London Plane Tree is one of the more common street trees found in urban settings and are native to


[Elementary School students]

Did you know?

This tree came from what European county?
The tree was recorded growing in London, England as far back as 1663.

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What tree likes living in the city?

This tree does not mind car exhaust, pollution and other city (urban) odors

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The bark of the tree has many colors.

The tree sheds (exfoliates) its bark revealing many colors of cream, olive and yellow colors.

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Leaf

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[Middle School students]

Habitat (where it likes to live)

Well drained soils in full sun and also in wet soils
Location: Eastern and central North America  (Zone 4 to 8)

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Requirements (what it needs to live)

Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium to high (sheds bark)
Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Rain Garden

Identification (what it looks like)

One of the first trees to send out flowers in the spring
Exfoliating (shedding) bark – colors are creamy, olive and yellow patches
Tan furry fruits (in pairs) in the fall


[High School students]

Habit (how it grows)

Height: 75 to 100 feet
Spread: 60 to 75 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellow (male) and red (female) – not significant (showy)
Fruit – Tan furry balls
Sun: Full sun
Tolerate: Wet Soil, Air Pollution

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Tree trunk/bark

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Fruit

Tree

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Suggested Use (where to plant it):
Street Tree – to provide shade for sidewalks and along the road
Residences – Good shade tree for yards
Parks – Seth Hand Park


References:

  1. Missouri Botanic Garden – http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a892
  2. Virginia Tech - http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=307
  3. Arbor Day - https://shop.arborday.org/product.aspx?zpid=904
  4. Michael Dirr - http://www.dirrplants.com/index.ht
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