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88.‘Bloodgood’ London Planetree


Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 9
Height:
45 – 55
Spread:
35 – 45
Habit:
In youth: pyramidal; At maturity: large, open, wide-spreading outline with massive branches
Light:
Full sun or very light shade
Soil:
Deep, rich, moist, well-drained soil preferable but will grow in almost any soil
Flowers:
not showy; in April
Fruit:
in 1 diameter ball-like hanging clusters
Landscape use:
Good for open areas in parks, golf courses, campuses; can be used as a street tree but may grow too large
History:
First record was in 1663; used as a street tree in London, England; there is no native range since the tree is a hybrid
Pests\Problems:
American plum borer, sycamore lace bug Problems: cankerstain, anthracnose, Xylella fastidiosa, powdery mildew
Significant Features:
Good shade tree; good anthracnose resistance

 

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