Scientific Name: Platanus x hispanica Platanaceae. (Syn P. hybrida; P. acerifolia.)
English Name: London Plane; Plane Tree.
French Name: le Platane à feuilles d'érable (='maple leafed plane'); le Platane d'Espagne (='Spanish Plane'); le Platane commun (='common plane'); le Platane (='plane'); la Main-coupée (='cut hand').
5 Key Characters:
- very large, spreading tree.
- grey bark that sloughs in patches throughout the year to reveal cream trunk underneath.
- large palmate leaves, up to 25cm across, with 5 toothed lobes.
- white haired seeds released from seedheads in spring.
- green bobbly flowers.
Habitat: Often planted as street trees and in avenues.
Flowering Period: June.
Status: Introduced garden hybrid. Very widely planted ornamental. Now threatened by a fungal disease.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|6 very large mature London Planes shading the boule pitch in Preuilly sur Claise.|