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Platanus x acerfolia

Common Name(s):
London plane tree, London planetree
Cultivar(s):
'Columbia' - disease resistant, 'Liberty' - disease resistant
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Hybrid of Platanus occidentalis and P. orientalis, this is a large shade tree in the Platanaceae family. Makes a great addition to a rain garden.  Tolerates urban pollution, clay soil, and deer. The striking feature of this tree is its brown bark which exfoliates in irregular pieces to reveal a mottled appearance creamy white inner bark. 

Seasons of Interest:

Bark: Winter

Wildlife Value:  Is resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Problem insects include borers, scale, Japanese beetles, caterpillars, and mites.  Is prone to cankerstain and sycamore anthracnose ('Columbia' and 'Liberty' are more disease resistant).  Canker, leaf spot, and powdery mildew may also occur.  Considered a high maintenance tree with twig, leaves, bark, and fruiting body litter.

Compare this plant to: Platanus occidentalis,  P. orientalis

Height:
75-100 ft.
Flower:
Flowers insignificant but male are yellowish and female are reddish. Conspicuous 1.3 inch paired, fruiting balls.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Average, medium to wet, well-drained soils.
Site:
Large tree for a large space. Tolerant of wet/clay soils.
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Horizontal branching; rounded habit
Width:
60-75 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
The large 3-5 lobed medium to dark green leaves (4-9” wide) have coarse marginal teeth.
Tags:
urban, resistant, deer, shade tree, clay soil, rain garden, bark, deer resistant, high maintenance

NCCES plant id: 2815

Platanus x acerfolia Form
Josh S. Jackson, CC BY-NC-2.0
Platanus x acerfolia Trunk with exfoliating bark
Josh S. Jackson, CC BY-NC-2.0
Platanus x acerfolia Leaf
Liné1, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Platanus x acerfolia Fruit
Liné1, CC-BY-SA-3.0