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91.‘Yarwood’ London Planetree

Platanus x acerifolia ‘Yarwood’

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
(4)5 to 8(9); not happy in central Florida
70 to 100ft. in height
65 to 80ft. although can grow to 120ft.
Pyramidal in youth, developing with age a large, open, wide-spreading outline with massive branches
Full sun or very light shade
Prefers deep, rich, moist, well-drained soils but will grow in about anything
Monoecious, April, not showy
Syncarp (multiple fruit) of elongated, obovoid achenes, 1 in. diameter, ripening in October and persisting into late winter, usually borne 2 together
Landscape use:
Acceptable for open areas in parks, golf courses, campuses
First record of the tree was in 1663 when the hybrid was found growing in London. Widely planted in Europe and England where in London it is the dominant street and park tree
Cankerstain (very serious), anthracnose, powdery mildew, American plum borer, and Sycamore lace bug
Significant Features:
Fast growth, tight pyramidal in outline, dark green leaves, early exfoliating, cream-colored aging to olive brown bark


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