Common Name: London Plane-Tree
Scientific Name: Platanus x acerifolia
Leaf: Deciduous, alternate, simple, lobed, incised; look like ample leaves; medium to dark green, turns yellow in fall; 5 lobed, 6-7 inches long, 8-10 inches wide; pyramidal in youth but rounded when mature.
Flower: Small; red; not showy; flowers in spring.
Fruit: Round, dry hard fruit; brown; in singles, 2’s or 3’s.
Twig: Brown; significant source of litter.
Bark: Patchy, attractive bark; yellow-green in summer, greyed-green in winter.
Wood: Hard, tough; fine grained.
Did you know?
1. London Plane-Trees are able to survive in most soil and moisture conditions. Often planted in parks, residential areas, and near parking lots for ornamental purposes or shade.
2. They can grow to be 85 feet in height and achieve a spread of up to 70 feet.
3. They originated from England in the 17th century. They are a hybrid between the American buttonwood (Platanus occidentalis) and the oriental plane of the Mediterranean.
4. They were introduced to America during the colonial period.
Lat, Long: 43.78318, -79.5924
Diameter (DBH): 26.8 cm
Last Year Modified: 2015
Carbon Stored in this Tree: 135.66 kg of C
Equivalent CO2: 497.37 kg of C
1. Floral and Nursery Plants Research Team. 2002. Plantanus x acerifolia ‘Columbia’ and ‘Liberty’. USDA-National Arboretum Plant Introduction. retrieved on Nov. 2014 from www.usna.usda.gov/Newintro/platanus.pdf
2. Gilman, Edward F., and Dennis G. Watson. 1994. Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ ‘Bloodgood’ London Planetree. USDA Forest Service. Fact Sheet ST-487. retrieved on Nov. 2014 from http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/plaacea.pdf
3. Farrar, J. L. 2007. Trees in Canada. ON. Canadian Forest Service.
4. Orlando, Cynthia. 2009. For shade, beauty and vigor, few trees can top the London Plane. Forests for Oregon. retrieved on Dec. 2014 from http://www.oregon.gov/odf/urbanforests/docs/featuredtreelondonplane.pdf.
5. Mak, Hailen. Platanus x Acerifolia. LONDON PLANE TREE. Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs, and Vines. retrieved on Dec. 2014 from http://trees.stanford.edu/ENCYC/PLATace.htm.
6. 20090527_Ceperley_Platanus1_Cutler_DSC03781 by Wendy Cutler via Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/3574701147/; London Plane Fruits by Muffinn via Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwf2005/10042981994/; 20090527_Ceperley_Platanus1_Cutler_DSC03 783 by Wendy Cutler via Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/3575510992/; Wu Wu Yie Juan; ghi, platanus x acerifolia, jdy193 XX20140712132907.jpg by rachelgreenbelt via Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/omVX1B
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