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Tree of the Week

London Planetree provides plenty of shade!London PlaneTree

Platanus x acerifolia--London Planetree 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 
Height: 85 ft
Spread: 70 ft
Form: pyramidal 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: London Planetree is a large tree that becomes more spreading than pyramidal as it ages. It tolerates dry soil once established, and is resistant to the anthracnose that afflicts Sycamore. The main ornamental trait is the patchy bark. The patches range from creamy-white to olive-green. Its large, maple-like leaves provide generous shade, and gives a sturdy yellow-brown autumn color. Ball-shaped, spiny fruits give it another ornamental characteristic, but are also a good reason to use this species in areas that aren't frequently played in by children. The tree is a hybrid whose parents are P. occidentalis and P. orientalis. 

Cultivars: 
'Liberty' - A pyramidal selection reaching a height of 50 feet and a width of 60 feet.

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