Outdoor Yard With Plane Trees
Plane trees are native of the northern hemisphere and the only member of the family Platanaceae. These types of trees are also referred to as planes or sycamores, particularly Platanus occidentalis of North America. The plane trees can grow to a height of 98 to 164 feet (30 to 50 m). In the wild, their natural habitats are riverbanks and wetlands. These trees can also survive droughts when cultivated, and a particular hybrid of the genus called London plane has demonstrated survivability in urban areas. Individual leaves of plane trees are large with prominent veins. The outline of the leaves is lobed with acute points. Each leaf can measure up to 9 inches (23 cm) in length and 8 inches (20 cm) in width. The flowering branches bear from one to five flowers, though the most common number is three. Male and female flowers can be found on the same plant, but in separate clusters, which makes them monoecious.
The rectangular scales that make up the trees’ bark protect them from the polluted atmosphere of metropolitan areas. Even a slight rain shower can readily wash the dust off the smooth leaves. These characteristics help the large trees of this genus survive in cities. London plane tree growing is not difficult if you live in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9a. The tree grows in almost any soil – acidic or alkaline, loamy, sandy or clay. It accepts wet or dry soil.