Plants for Summer: Trees


Platanus x acerifolia

Common name: London Plane Tree
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 9
Height & width: 70 to 100’ high on average and 65 to 80’ wide
Leaves: Alternate, simple, 3 to 5 lobed, triangular-ovate, rounded sinuses; 6 to 7” long and (5)8 to 10” wide
Origin: Europe

A hybridized species (P. occidentalis x P. orientalis) and an urban tree, Platanus x acerifolia can be seen along streetscapes and planted as an allez in certain landscapes to offer both shade and considerable beauty. The exfoliating bark is likely its main physical attribute; the mottled, showy bark produces shades of olive, brown and beige. The leaves have deep sinuses while the lobes are more narrowed and pointed.