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Hardy (Cold winter)
Height (when grown)
Acidic, Chalky / Alkaline, Clay, Most soils, Well-drained
The London Plane tree is a lovely large deciduous plane tree that provides good shade in summer and visual interest in winter. Withstanding the rigors of urban life, it has an excellent tolerance for air pollution and is a good choice for city streets, parks, and other public land. Loved for their large broad palmately lobed green leaves, similar to a maple, and their grey-green bark that peels off revealing creamy patches of smooth inner bark. The peeling barks enable the London Plane to shed pollutants helping to keep the tree healthy. The spreading crown of leaves turns a rich yellow-orange before falling in autumn. Green ball-shaped fruit, both male and female are on the same tree and hang down on different stems.
London Planes trees can live for up to four hundred years, growing to around 35m. They transplant easily and can tolerate most soils, make sure to water, fertilize and mulch when young as these trees are often planted in poor soil and restricted rooting space. After pollination by air, the female flowers develop into spiky fruits and break up over the winter to release their seeds.
Do not plant near a building as the tree has a vigorous root system.
History: The London Plane is not actually a native to England. It is not native anywhere as it is a hybrid of two trees – the American Sycamore and the Oriental Plane tree. It is thought to have occurred accidentally sometime during the 17th century in either Spain or London when the two species were planted close to one another.
Cultivation: Urban areas, city parks
Soil: Prefers rich well-drained soil but tolerates poorer soils
Position: Full sun, tolerates partial shade
Foliage: Deciduous, large palmate green leaves
Flowering: Male & Female on the same tree
Habit: Spreading crown
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Benefits to Wildlife: Good for nesting birds
Height & Spread in Maturity 30m x 18m
The tree is watered before being carefully packed by one of our experienced staff on site. It comes in a cardboard box lined with straw. (We try to use as much recycling material as possible) The box is addressed to the customer or a specified name and address and sent out overnight delivery to arrive on requested dates.
Please note the size of the tree that you are ordering, as our trees are provided for our clients to plant themselves, which may appear at a small size rather than the fully grown tree as shown in the photos.
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