93 London Plane Tree Platanus x acerifolia

Family: Platanaceae

The x in the botanical name indicates it is a hybrid, probably of Platanus occidentalis; the American sycamore and Platanus orientalis: the oriental plane tree, native of the region from the Balkans to Iran. It is likely that the hybridization occurred in London in the 1650’s. The tree is popular as a street tree because it is tolerant of atmospheric pollution and root compaction. The trees are commonly ‘pollarded’ with all the branches removed leaving stunted stubs at the top of the trunk. A very distinctive trunk with white patches.