Platanus x acerifolia
- Medium to fast growth rate
- Drought and pollution-tolerant, makes a good urban tree
- Dense canopy shades a home effectively, decreasing energy usage
- Brown flaking bark reveals cream color beneath
- Grows to 75' to 100' with 80' spread
- Zones 5 to 9
- Can't Ship To: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 5 - 9
The London Planetree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The London Planetree falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees
75' - 100' High
The London Planetree grows to be 75' - 100' feet in height.
The London Planetree has a spread of about 80' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This planetree does well in full sun, partial shade.
The London Planetree grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
This planetree has pyramidal, rounded shape.
The London Planetree is a widely planted street tree, and for good reason. Its attributes were discovered in London where the new hybrid first appeared around 1645. It was found to thrive in the sooty air and provide wonderful shade. Its ability to withstand air pollution, drought and other adversities assures its popularity as an urban tree. Its strong limbs also help make it a good choice where site conditions allow for its large size.
The pendant seed balls are used by purple finches, goldfinches and squirrels.
The scientific name for this tree comes from the Greek platys, which means "ample" or "broad," and can be applied to either its individual leaves or its spreading crown. Acerifolia clearly refers to the leaves which are maple-like in appearance. The London Planetree is believed to have resulted in a cross between the Oriental Planetree from Asia - southeastern Europe and our American Sycamore.
Moist well-drained soil is best for this tree.
The leaves resemble some Maples, but are alternate on the stem whereas Maples are opposite. They are large, about 6 to 7 inches long and up to 10 inches wide. Sparingly toothed along the edges.
Flowers bloom in April..
Round balls about 1 inch in diameter and made up of tightly compacted seeds. Usually 2 per stalk, but sometimes 3 or single. Multiple seed balls distinguish the London Planetree from the American Sycamore, which is characterized by only one seed ball.
Red-brown scales flake to show cream-colored inner bark. Large distinctive leaves with lighter undersides. Fast growing, resistant to anthracnose. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to light shade. Grows to 75' to 100', 80' spread. (Zones 5-9)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.