London Pine Tree

Scientific name : “Platanus X Acerifolia”

Platanus X Acerifolia, commonly called London planetree, is a hybrid cross between American sycamore (P. Occidentalis) and Oriental planetree (P. Orientalis). The original cross may have occurred as early as the 1640s, after which this tree became widely planted in London and other major European cities because of its perceived tolerance for urban pollution.

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Platanus X Acerifolia, commonly called London planetree, is a hybrid cross between American sycamore (P. Occidentalis) and Oriental planetree (P. Orientalis). The original cross may have occurred as early as the 1640s, after which this tree became widely planted in London and other major European cities because of its perceived tolerance for urban pollution. City planting spread to America where this hybrid today is common in such distant locations as Brooklyn, New York, and San Francisco, California. This hybrid can be very difficult to distinguish from its American parent. Distinguishing features include: (1) Leaves have deeper sinuses and (2) fruiting balls appear in pairs. Like its American parent, it typically grows as a single-trunk tree to 75-100’ (less frequently to 120’) tall with horizontal branching and a rounded habit. Trunk diameter typically ranges from 3-8’. The signature ornamental feature of this huge tree is its brown bark which exfoliates in irregular pieces to reveal creamy white inner bark. Mature trees typically display mottled white bark that facilitates identification from great distances.

Sunlight – Full sun is ideal for the London planetree, but it will tolerate partial shade. It requires a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight every day, but six hours or more is better.

Watering – The tree has medium to high water requirements, depending on how much heat and sun it gets. It prefers consistently moist soil, but it does have some drought tolerance as well.

Plant Care – London plane trees grow rampantly in moderate climate regions around the world. The tree can be amenable to a particularly hot summer, as long as its soil remains moist. London plane trees are often planted in areas with poor soil or limited space, they might end up lacking nutrients.

Caution – They are susceptible to anthracnose fungus.

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