72. Platanus acerifolia – London Plane
Scientific Name: Platanus acerifolia
Nativity: Hybridized in Spain
The London plane is thought to be a hybrid between the oriental plane and the American sycamore. Although it is thought to have been hybridized in Spain, John Tradescant the Younger, a British botanist and gardener, discovered the tree in 17th century London. It was surprisingly resistant to London’s smog at the time. Today, Australia uses the London plane as a street tree in many of its urban areas. This is because it provides a lot of shade, tolerates pollution well, and is heat-resistant.
DBH: 25.7 inches