London plane

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Find out more about the London plane tree below. 

London plane

London plane tree in peel park

Scientific name: Platanus x hispanica

Family: Platanaceae

What3Words location: lost.holds.taped

Origin: non-native

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.