London Plane Tree


The London Plane Tree is one of the more common street trees found in urban settings.

[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.

What tree likes living in the city?

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

The bark of the tree has many colors.

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


[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)

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

Tree trunk/bark


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


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