The Platanus x Acerifolia, also more commonly known as the London Plane, is the same plant as the Hispanica. It has a rather interesting history. The actual plant species was formed by accidental hybridisation due to the close proximity of P. Orientalis and P. Occidentalis. It is said to have happened in Spain during the mid 17th century but there are beliefs that state it happened in Vauxhall Gardens in London where John Tradescant the Younger discovered the tree. The actual plant itself has an inconspicuous flower but starts to grow fruit in the winter time. Well drained soil is recommended for this plant and make sure to avoid planting in the vicinity of other buildings. The plant is Hardy at (H6) and is good throughout the UK climate although if on an emergency cold snap, its always best to shelter the plant. It is better to use these plants for City and Courtyard Gardens Coastal. This plant is generally disease and pest free so you don’t have to worry too much. A once a year prune is also recommended. The eventual plant width is between 90 cm – 1.5 m (2.9 ft – 4.5 ft)and the final height is about between 1.8 m – 2 m (5.9 ft – 6.6 ft).
Latin Name: Platanus x Acerifolia
English Name: London Plane, Maple-Leaved Plane
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Fruit growth in Winter
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Clay, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Cultivation: Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, fertile soils but avoid planting in the vacinity of buildings due to vigorous root system
Propagation: Propagate from hardwood cuttings in winter or suckers in autumn or late winter
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: Hardy (H6)
Pruning: Pruning group 1
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -20 °C to -15 °C (-4 °F to 5 °F)
Suggested Uses: City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal
Pests: Generally pest free
Diseases: Generally disease free
Maintenance: Prune once a year
Growth Habit: Bushy
Growth Speed: Fast
Final Height: 15 m – 20 m (50 ft – 65 ft)
Final Spread: 8 m – 10 m (26 ft – 33 ft)
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