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London Planetree

Bark of London Planetree Leaf of London Planetree Form of London Planetree

Bark of London Planetree
G. Lumis

Leaf of London Planetree
G. Lumis

London Planetree
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Platanus acerifolia

Summary
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 75 to 100 feet
Spread: 65 to 80 feet
Shape: Spreading

Large green leaves have no effective fall color. The ornamental bark flakes off, exposing white, smooth bark underneath.

Plant Needs
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

Functions
Suggested uses for this plant include shade and specimen plant.

Planting Notes
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.

Care
Bark and leaves continuously drop off, causing litter. Tolerates heavy pruning. Prune in the winter.

Problems
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.

Alternatives
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.

Comments
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.