London Plane

Scientific Name: Platanus x acerifolia

London Plane

Attributes

Deciduous

Plant Family

Platanaceae

Origin

Cross between oriental plane and American sycamore

Form

Pyramidal in youth, rounded with age

Plant Size

70-80 feet tall, spread usually matches height

Description

The London plane tree was cherished by Robert Moses, NYC Parks Commissioner from 1934 to 1960. It is thought that the Parks Department's distinctive logo is based on the leaf of a London plane. The London plane is a hybrid between the native American sycamore and the non-native oriental plane tree. The London plane was planted throughout Central Park from the north side of the Harlem Meer down the East Drive. Recently, London plane trees have been planted in Grand Army Plaza, replicating a historical design that included two rows of this beautiful tree.

London Plane Leaves

Leaves

6-7 inches long, alternate arrangement, three to five lobed, coarsely toothed edges, maple-like, medium to dark green
London Plane Fruit

Fruit

1 inch diameter, born in twos or threes, winter persistent
London Plane Flower

Flower

Separate male and female flowers, bloom in April, not ornamentally important
London Plane Bark

Bark

Ornamental, shedding plates reveal creamy yellow inner bark, photosynthesizes through bark