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Platanus x hispanica
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common name: London Plane
synonyms: Platanus x acerifolia, Platanus x hybrida
growth rate: fast
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: brown
main season: All Year
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Vigorous, upright deciduous tree with distinctively flaking, brown, grey and cream bark. Maple-like bright green palmately lobed leaves. Clusters of persistent round fruits, green ageing to brown, in autumn and winter. Inconspicuous flowers.
Well drained soil in full sun. Pollution tolerant and thrives in urban conditions.
From hardwood cuttings in winter. Also by separation of suckers if produced.
Traditional street tree.
Probably a hybrid of Platanus orientalis x Platanus occidentalis, which is believed to date from the 17th century.