Photo Courtesy of: Hubert J. Steed
London Planetrees are the descendents of both European Sycamores and American Planetrees. They look much like Sycamores, with similar leaves, and showy peeling bark in brown, silver, and green hues. London Planetrees are commonly planted as street trees currently due to their hearty disposition and disease resistance to anthracnose and some pests. Ideally they should be planted in areas with plenty of moisture, but in many cases the roadside and “construction grade soil” that they are planted in can cause the tree problems initially, and lead to defoliation in the warm months.