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London Planetree

Platanus x acerifolia
Trunk of the London Planetree
London Planetree (Plantanus x acerifolia) is the result of crossing the American sycamore and the Oriental planetree several centuries ago. Widely planted as an urban tree in London because it was among the few varieties that could withstand London’s sooty environment in the 1800s, it soon spread to many other cities in Europe and America. In fact, London Planetree has been planted more widely in cities around the globe than any other tree! London Planetree is a beautiful shade tree growing 75’-100’ feet high. Its most outstanding feature is probably the patchy exfoliation of the brown outer bark which reveals the creamy-white inner bark; this is a beautiful addition to the winter landscape. The dark green leaves of summer turn an unremarkable yellow-brown in the fall. The London Planetree prefers rich, moist, well-drained soils but can survive in almost every other soil condition as well. Very tolerant of high-pH conditions and pollutants as was mentioned, this specimen tree should be planted in full sun or very light shade in large parks and yards. The Exclamation cultivar boasts a more uniform pyramidal growth habit and is much more resistant to prevalent diseases such as anthracnose, powdery mildew, and frost cracking. It is a product of the Morton Arboretum.
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