London planetree

(Platanus × hispanica)

Conservation Status
London planetree
Photo by Randy
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Height

 
 

Up to 160

 
     
 

Record

 
 

No records kept for non-native trees.

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Greenish

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist. Streambanks, ravines.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
  Spring  
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 24, 29, 30, 72.

 
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Nativity

 
 

Not native anywhere. Cultivated. Has not escaped cultivation and is not naturalized in North America.

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Not known to occur outside of cultivation in Minnesota.

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Proteanae  
 

Order

Protiales (proteas, lotuses, planes, and allies)  
 

Family

Platanaceae (plane trees)  
 

Genus

Platanus (sycamore)  
       
 

London planetree is a hybrid between American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Oriental planetree (Platanus orientalis).

There is considerable disagreement about the correct scientific name for this tree. It was first named Platanus acerifolia in 1805. The multiplication symbol was later added to indicate that it is a hybrid, Platanus × acerifolia. The hybridization could have occurred in Spain, and the name Platanus × hispanica is often used to denote this origin. Since the hybrid is fertile and reproduces offspring with the same features, some sources use the species name Platanus hybrida. All four of these names are in use by reputable authorities today.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

There are many cultivars

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Platanus acerifolia

Platanus × acerifolia

Platanus hispanica

Platanus hybrida

Platanus hybridus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

London plane

London planetree

London plane tree

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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London planetree foliage, Freeborn County, MN, July 2017

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New growth on London planetree, Freeborn County, MN, July 2017

  London planetree    
       

Exfoliating bark on a young London planetree. Freeborn County, MN, July 2017

  London planetree    
       

Marvelous London Planetree foliage, Freeborn County, MN, July 2017

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  Trees with Don Leopold - London planetree
ESFNature
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 6, 2014

Don Leopold demonstrates the characteristics of London planetree.

Content produced by Christopher Baycura for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

   
       
  Tree identification, london plane, tree wardens, manchester, tree bark
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Published on Mar 1, 2009

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  Disease threatens to wipe out London's plane trees
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Published on Jan 31, 2017

London's plane trees are facing threat from a disease that is killing off the species in Europe. Report by Sarah Duffy.

   
       
  Trees of Miami Univ, Part 6: American Sycamore and London Planetree
M Markworth
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 16, 2012

Trees of the beautiful Miami University campus in Oxford, OH.

American Sycamore,
London Planetree

Dorsey Hall

   
       

 

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Exfoliating bark on a young London planetree.

London planetree


Randy
July 2017

Location: Freeborn County, MN

Marvelous London Planetree foliage

London planetree


     
     
 
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