Find out more about the London plane tree below.
Scientific name: Platanus x hispanica
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Maximum height: 35 metres
Lives for: up to 200 years
London plane trees are resistant to pollution and are the most common tree in the capital. They are a hybrid between the American sycamore and oriental plane which were both introduced to Britain. They have unique fruits made up of a dense cluster of seeds formed in a sphere; the seeds have stiff hairs to aid wind dispersal so the spheres appear spiky. Their bark often forms a camouflage-like pattern.