The London Plane is a large, stunning tree that is used in plazas all over the world. This tree was extensively planted in our capital due to its high tolerance of pollution; it is even reported to have helped clean the heavy, industrial smog of London. It is also known as Platanus × hispanica
One of its most distinctive features is its multi-coloured, flaking bark, which includes patches of white, green, grey and brown. It has large, deeply lobed leaves, which are a shiny, dark green that transform into a copper in autumn before falling. It has been given the Award of Merit by the RHS.
Ideal Conditions: Tolerant to all soils but thrives in loamy soil
Maximum Height: 30 + metres