Platanus x acerifolia 'Yarwood'

London Planetree

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

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This fast-growing tree has very large leaves and is highly resistant to powdery mildew and fairly good resistance to anthracnose.

  • Tight pyramidal growth
  • Good exfoliating bark
  • Very large leaves

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

Height: 50-60 ft
Spread: 35-45 ft
Zone: 6-8
Color: Green

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


  • Winter Interest
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Fast Growing
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Bronze
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Squirrel Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands