Scientific Name: Platanus acerifolia
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 75 to 100 feet
Spread: 65 to 80 feet
Large green leaves have no effective fall color. The ornamental bark flakes off, exposing white, smooth bark underneath.
Zone: 5 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet to moist
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.5
Suggested uses for this plant include shade and specimen plant.
Transplants readily. Tolerates wide range of conditions, including air pollution. Plant in a location that will allow the plant ample room to spread. Do not plant where branches will interfere with power lines.
Bark and leaves continuously drop off, causing litter. Tolerates heavy pruning. Prune in the winter.
Some problems include cankerstain, anthracnose, lacebug, and frost cracking of the bark.
London Planetree is a better choice than the native American Sycamore (PLATANUS OCCIDENTALIS) because of its resistant to anthracnose.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of PLATANUS X ACERIFOLIA
`Bloodgood' is faster growing and more resistant to anthracnose than the species.
The most striking feature of the London Planetree is its flaking bark that peels to reveal a lighter colored bark underneath. Best used only in open areas where its growth will not be restricted.