London plane

The most common plane tree in urban areas !
Common name : London plane
Scientific name : Platanus acerifolia
Family : Platanaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
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Platanus × acerifolia - the London plane - is a tree in the genus Platanus. It is usually thought to be a hybrid of Platanus orientalis (oriental plane) and Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore). It is a large deciduous tree growing 20–30 m (66–98 ft) tall, sometimes over, with a trunk up to 3 m (10 ft) or more in circumference. The bark is usually pale grey-green, smooth and exfoliating, or buff-brown and not exfoliating. The leaves are thick and stiff-textured, broad, palmately lobed, superficially maple-like. The flowers are borne in one to three (most often two) dense spherical inflorescences on a pendulous stem, with male and female flowers on separate stems. The London Plane is one of the most efficient trees in removing small particulate pollutants in urban areas. It shares many visual similarities with Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore), of which it is derived. However, the two species are relatively easy to distinguish, considering the London plane is almost exclusively planted in urban habitats, while P. occidentalis is most commonly found growing in lowlands and alluvial soils along streams.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 500 - 3000
pH 6 - 8

Plant my london plane

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and teplace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my london plane

Water often in the first weeks. Water potted plants at least once a week, as soon as the top soil dries. Ultimately, if it does not rain for a month, consider watering.

Unprop my london plane

Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.

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