Platanus x acerifolia (p. x hispanica)

Platanus x acerifolia (p. x hispanica)
Platanus x acerifolia (p. x hispanica) 
London plane tree
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
USUAL HEIGHT 5-30m
USUAL WIDTH 2-20m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Some trees have identity crisis and scientists are trying to trace up their true origin. As these efforts often end up in argumentative sessions we tend to choose the easiest possible explanation. In the case of this London plane tree we rather believe it comes from Cenozoic platanus aceroides and was hybridized (platanus occidentalis x platanus orientalis) to this current version with large maple-like leaves.

is an impressive, majestic looking tree when you see a specimen in a park, however, we do recommend it even for middle-sized gardens if you have enough will to trim or pollard its crown and thin out young branches out every 1-3 years. Thus you can develop a gorgeous looking tree with eye-catching trunk and short thick branches that reveal their flaking off bark leaving it camouflage-spotted.

Leaves are large – 20-22 cm wide, glossy green, with 5 lobes. Fruits are prickly spheres that remain on the tree during the winter. Talking of winter, though a deciduous tree, the stunning bark displays off its beauty mainly in cold months after all leaves have fallen down and the sight of the colourful surface makes the freezing temperatures at least a bit more bearable. It adapts to any soil type, but prefers deep, moist, siliceous soil. It tolerates air-pollution, extreme temperatures, and temporary flooding. Pruning should be done by end winter. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA 4).

Last update 07-12-2008
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Platanus x acerifolia (p. x hispanica) girth 12-14 cm
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SPRING 2021
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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