London Planetree

London Planetree barkLondon Planetree (Platanus xacerifolia)

Tree near street, west side of Dunn Hall, Munson Road

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  • Hybrid cross between American sycamore and Oriental planetree, cross occurring probably in 1640s.
  • Species introduced in Maine, planted as ornamental; hard to distinguish from American sycamore, which also can be found planted as ornamental in Maine.
  • Widely planted in London and other European cities because of its tolerance to various forms of urban pollution (including air pollution); also common in U.S. cities.
  • Mature trees are large with exfoliating, mottled white bark.