London Plane Tree , (Platanus x acerifolia)
The London Plane tree is a hybrid of the American and Oriental Plane tree and is particularly well adapted to urban conditions. This handsome tree needs plenty of space to grow and is suitable for large properties only. While London Plane trees tend to be as messy as their American cousins, dropping bark and fuzz balls all season, they are more resistant to disease.
London Plane trees typically grow from 70 to 100 feet tall and spread 65 to 80 feet at maturity. Growing at a medium rate, these trees will reach 35 feet or so over their first 20 years. They have a pyramidal shape in youth, but develop huge branches that open out as they age. As they grow, they shed their bark in large patches, creating mottled trunks of cream, tan, and olive green, a sort of calico bark.