Platanus orientalis 'LACINIATA'

Platanus orientalis
Platanus orientalis 'LACINIATA'
oriental plane
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
USUAL HEIGHT 10-20m
USUAL WIDTH 10-20m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green a light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°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
Rarities
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Oriental plane is native to S.E.Europe where its large canopy is sought-after for a good and day-long shade. In ancient Greece Hippocrates, the father of medicine is said to have given his lectures of philosophy sitting under these magnificent trees, and students kept listening undisturbed by hot rays of sun. In other parts of the world including Northern hemisphere the plane did not become widely cultivated possibly because of its large size and resemblance to sweetgums which are much smaller and therefore more suitable for small and mid-sized gardens. In spite of its size we believe that it has features of ornamental value for which it finds its use in our climate, too.

Laciniata is a striking variety of oriental plane, easily distinguished from the species by it deeply dissected foliage. The leaves are 20-25 cm long and almost as wide, with three main tips and 2 small ones, and differ from the leaves of Digitata variety as they lack small side horns. Kids often say that the leaves look like dinosaur’s paws which we agree with. They are deciduous, rich green in summer, covered with hair that may irritate respiratory system if worked with closer to the face and in large quantity. In autumn they turn amber orange with a short period of some rich red tones. Smooth trunk is revealed by bark that peels off in large flakes on older trees. Fruits are olive green prickly spheres in hanging clusters of 2-6 that remain on the tree during the winter.

It grows fast and young, well-established trees can grow half a meter per year, making picturesque arching habit. It adapts to any soil type, but prefers deep, moist, siliceous soil. It tolerates air-pollution, summer dry spells as well as temporary flooding once established. Pruning should be done by end winter. Hardiness of oriental plane is a conflicting subject when it comes to encyclopedias from all over the world. However, we have tested and proved its hardiness down to min. -25°C (USDA zone 6) without any damage, and suppose it can withstand a couple of degrees lower for a few days.

Last update 14-09-2017
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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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