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London Plane Platanus Acerifolia

Description & features

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30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£168.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

PLATANUS ACERIFOLIA – London Plane

Characteristics

The London Plane, a very large tree often over 30m (100ft) tall a hybrid between Western or American Plane, Platanus orientalis and the Eastern or Oriental Plane, Platanus occidentalis.  It is not known where this hybrid arose, probably in Spain or southern France in about 1650, it was first planted in London in 1680.

It has large maple like green leaves which appear in mid-May. It is also distinguishable by the peeling bark, great plates of bark fall off revealing a camouflage pattern of browns, greys and yellows of the fresh wood beneath. This process ensures that pollutants are removed and the tree is kept healthy.

Where to grow

As well as this self-cleaning process, this tree proves how well-suited it is to the urban world by being resistant to drought, amenable to regular pruning and unbothered by impacted soil, all common features of life in London.

Did you know?

It is London's most planted tree (over 50%) and is common in many cities in the UK and Europe.  It can easily be identified by its camouflage pattern bark and hanging pom-pom fruits in winter. Hardy and resilient, it always has presence even when cramped into the city streets after which it was named.


 

 

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
15-20 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Broad headed
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Large Leaves
Peeling bark?
Yes
Moisture levels
Drought tolerant
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Used for Pleaching
Wind break
Sound Barrier

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
15-20 metres
Shape / habit
Spreading
Broad headed
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Large Leaves
Peeling bark?
Yes
Moisture levels
Drought tolerant
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Used for Pleaching
Wind break
Sound Barrier

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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