The following are some facts about London Plane Trees:
London Plane Tree Facts
1) London plane trees grow best in the city center area.
They prefer moist soil with lots of organic matter (wood chips, leaves). The ideal location is near a street or sidewalk where they have access to sunlight most of the day.
2) If you live in a rural area, your chances of having a London plane tree are very low since it prefers dry land with little moisture.
3) London plane trees need light to survive.
They do not like shade. You will see them growing in the dark corners of houses and garages.
4) London plane trees are hardy plants and can withstand drought conditions up to extreme drought conditions such as those experienced during the Dust Bowl era.
However, they cannot tolerate prolonged periods of cold weather because their roots become brittle under these circumstances.
5) London plane trees require regular care.
Their bark needs to be trimmed regularly to keep them looking healthy.
6) London plane trees are not invasive; they don’t spread from one place to another and they do not cause damage when uprooted.
They just die back if left alone. They are quite adaptable and can live in many different environments including urban areas, suburban neighborhoods, country settings, and even arid desert regions.
7) The London plane tree can reach a height of up to 100 feet with a spread of almost 90 feet.
It has been known to live for more than 400 years.
8) Its seeds are spread by birds that eat its fruit.
The seeds are also spread by water and wind. The average growth rate is 1 to 3 feet per year, but it can grow at a faster rate of up to 5 feet in one year.
9) The London plane tree is one of the most wide-spread trees in the world.
10) They are often grown for urban forestry projects and to help clean the air. In urban areas, these trees are often used to replace native species that have been lost due to urban sprawl.
The following are some problems you might experience when dealing with London Plane Trees:
1) A common problem with these trees occurs when they are planted too deeply.
The tree does not get enough sunlight and its roots reach the bottom of the hole and rot. The plant is then unstable and might topple over.
2) London plane trees are very susceptible to drought conditions.
They do not handle these well at all.
3) If the soil is infested with grubs, the roots of the tree can be severely damaged or even killed because they interfere with proper oxygen and water supply to the roots.
4) Another problem that you might experience is the wilting of leaves even though water has been provided to the tree.
This problem is caused by air pollution, which prevents water from being absorbed by the roots.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Pests and pathogen threats to plane (Platanus) in Britain by KV Tubby, A Pérez-Sierra – Arboricultural Journal, 2015 – Taylor & Francis