London Plane

London Plane
Platanus x hispanica
Height up to 45 m
Natural range: Central and eastern Europe. Introduced to Britain in 1680.

Very much planted in London in late 1800s due to the heavy pollution from coal fires. Excellent tree for towns, cities and roads as it has a good tolerance to pollution and hard pruning. Attractive flaking bark. (There is another example at the corner of the children’s play area, whose bark can be seen clearly.)

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