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