Platanus x acerifolia

London Planetree

Platanus x acerifolia - London Planetree

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Considered a messy tree due to twig and leaf litter, exfoliating bark and fruit.

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A large tree that thrives in air pollution, drought and poor soils can only be called a survivor, but this one does it with amazing visual appeal.

  • Ornamental bark flakes off, exposing white, smooth bark
  • Tolerates wide range of conditions including air pollution
  • Allow this tree ample room to spread

Requires a very large space to grow. Best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 75-100 ft
Spread: 60-75 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Red, Yellow

Interesting Notes about London Planetree:

A magnificent large shade tree that is a cross between the American and Oriental planetrees.  Its most distinguishing feature is its exfoliating bark which starts out brown and eventually peeling to reveal multiple layers and colors resembling camoflauge.  This tree also has large maple-like leaves and fruit that combined with the exfoliating bark and twigs can cause some cleanup issues.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fall Color
  • Winter Interest
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Squirrel Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Wet Soil/Wetlands
  • Moist, Well-Drained