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London Plane Tree
Scientific Name: Platanus acerifolia (Aiton) Willd.
Family: Platanaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 2-24
USDA: 4-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun, intolerant of shade

Origin: Hybrid of P. occidentalis x P. orientalis.

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, 70 to 100 feet tall when mature (21-30 m), 60 to 80 feet spread (18-24 m); olive-green to creamy, exfoliating bark; alternate, palmately veined, three to five lobes leaf, 5 to 9 inches long (12.5-20.5 cm), 6 to 10 inches wide (15-25 cm)

Watering Needs: Deep waterings in summer, tolerates polluted city air

Propagation: Stem tip hardwood cuttings in the fall, seeds

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit is a tan-colored ball of multiple achenes borne on a stalk 3 to 6 inches long (7-18 cm). The ball is 1 to 1.6 inches in diameter (2.5-4 cm), 1 or 2 balls per stalk. Each winged seed is 0.5 inch long, (1.2 cm) maturing as the leaves fall before winter, but staying on the tree until the following spring.

The seeds need to be kept wet during their germination and early growth.

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