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Platanus orientalis

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown in Winter
Green in Autumn

Stem

Brown , Cream and Green in

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

oriental plane

Family

Platanaceae


Platanus are vigorous, large deciduous trees of stately appearance, with maple-like foliage and attractively patterned bark

P. orientalis is a very large, spreading deciduous tree with a short trunk and flaking bark. Leaves deeply palmately-lobed; flowers inconspicuous, followed by clusters of burr-like fruits

Other common names

  • chinar tree
  • eastern plane

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, fertile soils but avoid planting in vacinity of buildings due to vigorous root system

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Clay, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate from hardwood cuttings in winter or suckers in autumn or late winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free