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Platanus × hispanica AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown in Winter
Green in Autumn

Stem

Cream and Grey/Silver in

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

London plane

Family

Platanaceae


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

P. x hispanica is a magnificent, large deciduous tree with beautiful flaking grey and cream bark. Leaves maple-like, palmately lobed, to 20cm in width. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by clustered, burr-like fruits

Other common names

  • London plane
  • maple-leaved plane

Synonym(s)

  • Platanus × acerifolia
  • Platanus × hybrida

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 the vacinity of buildings due to vigorous root system

Soil

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free