London Plane

Platanus x hispanica

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About

The London Plane tree is a tall, widely planted tree that can be found in parklands and by roadsides, particularly in London. It was first planted here in the 17th century and became prolific our towns in the 19th century, although it has never been found growing wild. It is a particularly popular choice for city planting because it rarely sheds its branches and is tough, putting up with the compacted soils and pollution of towns.

How to identify

London Plane trees can be recognised by their large, sycamore-like leaves, their fluffy fruits hanging in 'strings', and their flaky grey bark. They are particularly prevalent on the streets of London and in London parks.

Where to find it

Widely planted in southern England.

Habitats

When to find it

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  • December

How can people help

The London Plane tree was widely planted in urban areas, particularly London, as it is resilient to these high pressure environments. Many of the early planted trees still stand today, some being over 200 years old. The green space and plants in our towns and gardens can provide habitats for all kinds of wildlife and benefit us too. The Wildlife Trusts work with planners and local communities to encourage the inclusion of green space and planting within new building plans and protect existing areas for future enjoyment.

Species information

Common name
London Plane
Latin name
Platanus x hispanica
Category
Trees and shrubs
Statistics
Height: 18-35m
Conservation status
Introduced species.