Platanus x hispanica

Scientific name: Platanus hispanica

Synonym: Platanus × acerifolia , Platanus × hybrida


Common names: “London planetree” “Sycamore”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Average – fertile deep, tolerates street conditions

Moisture: Well drained


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Plant Size: H 40-100′ W 30-70′

Leaf and Stem shape: Beautiful flaking grey and cream bark, and maple-like, palmately lobed leaves

Flower: Inconspicuous flowers are followed by clustered, burr-like fruitsImage result for platanus hispanica

Pruning: Avoid using heading back cuts, only thinning out 25% of smaller branches, reduces sail of the tree

Maintenance: High, constant cleanup of fallen debris

Landscape use: City & courtyard gardens, roadside plantings, coastal

Propagate: By cuttings and suckers

Pests & Disease: Can get anthracnose and root rot if too wet

Comments: “Unless you are working on an estate or in a park, you will never plant this” “there is never a time of the year when these are not dropping something” ~AGM winner, widely planted in London, roots can heave up sidewalks and drains

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