Wellington Fields Allotments - Hixon.
London Plane –Platanus Hispanica.
The London Plane is a
cross between the American Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), and the
Oriental plane and was first discovered in the 17th century in London,
hence its name. It went on to be widely planted throughout London and
elsewhere over the next 100 years, or so and indeed ever since. However,
it is perhaps not the best of Trees to be planted in a City Landscape as
it has tough and aggressive roots that can easily lift and damage
Pavements and Curbs, as well invade Sewer pipes and even damage
foundations of Buildings. However, it is because it is so tough that it
copes well with the poor conditions of City life, and it does remove a
lot of Toxins from the Atmosphere. The London Plane Tree is not a small
tree either, as it can grow up to 35m and spread up to 30m whilst living
up to 400 years. However, it is not the fastest growing tree reaching
only 35 feet in about 20 years and it does mature at a fairly small size
which adds to its appeal. It has large Maple, or Sycamore like leaves
that are thick and leathery, and turn a rich orange-yellow in Autumn.