Thank you for the advice. I am in Zone 7 - Dallas Ft. Worth metroplex. As
long as we are above 0F (way above that any time of year here) do you think
we're ok against cankerstain? Thanks again for any advice.
you may be having trouble because in TX you'll hear it called
Sycamore. If you actually want the specific tree called plane tree in
Britain (and elsewhere?) I don't know how to help.
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London Planetree = Platanus x acerifolia
American Sycamore = Platanus occidentalis
Unfortunately the American Sycamore is very susceptible to anthracnose,
a fungal disease.
A preferred variety that is fairly disease resistant is Platanus x
some sources are:
The last nursery is the only one I am familiar with, and it is a retail
nursery near Philadelphia.
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Be aware that plane trees are very messy, dropping fruit and bark all around
them. Also, the wood is brittle; they drop twigs and branches quite readily.
IIRC, London has banned any further planting of them because of the litter
The American sycamore, P. occidentalis, has the same bad features.
J. Del Col
This may be true in some areas, but in my community they are notorious for
keeping their brown hard plasticky fall leaves for several months and
dropping them slowly from October to mid December. However, I do think their
patchy light grey bark and fairly light green leaves are very striking, and
they make a dramatic, long-lived avenue tree. So, it's something of a
trade-off. Maples are messy for a shorter period - but with their dark
brown/grey bark are not as striking in the landscape.
One nice advantage of London plane trees is that they can exist on much
less water than many large decidious trees. (Or else they do a better job of
finding it in sewer pipes...lol) .In my western climate, that's a definite
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