Platanus x hispanica Plane

London Plane

Description: A noble park and city tree with attractive, mottled or patchwork flaking bark and large palmate bright green leaves. Flowers are inconspicuous followed by rounded, bauble-like fruits hanging in clusters of two-four. 

History: Discovered by John Tradescant at the Vauxhall Gardens in London during the 1600s, has since become one of the most planted trees in urban streets all over Europe. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Platanus Growing Tips: Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, fertile soils. Tolerates pruning and severe pollard, hard surfaces, urban pollution including storm water run-off. Avoid planting in the vicinity of buildings due to vigorous root system.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 8m x 4m


  • Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • L Size: Large
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Attractive bark
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Prefers full sun

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