London Plane Tree

Platanus x hispanica ‘Columbia’/ ‘Yarwood’/ ‘Bloodgood’

Platanus x hispanica (London Plane Tree) - full view

Full view

Platanus x hispanica (London Plane Tree) - leaves

Foliage detail

Platanus x hispanica (London Plane Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 30-50'; Spread: 30-40'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Deciduous; Spreading form; light canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Yellow-green, serrated, lobed leaves, 9" across. Fall foliage is yellow; tree is bare November-March.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant flowers.

  • Fruit:

    Hard round fruit, 1" across, forms in fall, drops in winter.

  • Bark:

    Mottled, tan bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Requires occasional pruning; sidewalk cleanup after leaf drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought; any soil; fog; smog; sun or semi-shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Rootguard necessary. Prefers good drainage. Needs extra water in hot or windy conditions. Highly susceptible to scale, powdery mildew, and anthracnose, although more resistant than other varieties. Performs best when planted in warmer areas.

  • Notable Traits:

    A beautiful, hardy tree well adapted to harsh urban conditions. A member of the sycamore family.