Cuneata London Plane Trees – Platanus Orientalis Cuneata


Platanus orientalis ‘Cuneata,’ also known as the Cuneata London Plane Tree, is a variety of the Oriental Plane tree and is a distinguished addition to large British gardens and parklands. This species stands out for its stunning aesthetics, adaptability, and benefits for wildlife.


Platanus orientalis ‘Cuneata,’ also known as the Cuneata London Plane Tree, is a variety of the Oriental Plane tree and is a distinguished addition to large British gardens and parklands. This species stands out for its stunning aesthetics, adaptability, and benefits for wildlife.

The Cuneata London Plane tree is a large, deciduous tree that can grow up to 30 metres in height and has a relatively fast growth rate. It possesses a lifespan well into the centuries, making it a long-lasting component of any landscape where it’s planted.

The tree is characterised by its large, palmately lobed, maple-like leaves that take on a wedge or cuneate shape at the base – a characteristic that gives the variety its name, ‘Cuneata.’ The foliage turns a striking golden yellow in the autumn, contrasting beautifully with the tree’s mottled, exfoliating bark.

The Cuneata London Plane tree’s bark is perhaps its most distinctive feature, peeling away in irregularly shaped patches to reveal an underlayer of cream and white hues. This process not only provides visual interest but also enables the tree to shed pollutants, an attribute that makes it particularly resilient in urban environments.

In terms of reproduction, the tree produces characteristic dangling seed balls. These greenish globes, which hang in pairs from the branches, become dry and brown in the autumn. Throughout the winter, they disintegrate to release hundreds of tiny, wind-dispersed seeds.

From a garden design perspective, the Cuneata London Plane tree is a great choice for creating a visual centrepiece due to its considerable size, striking foliage, and distinctive bark. It provides excellent shade and can also be used effectively as a windbreak. However, given its size, it is more suited to larger gardens or parkland settings.

As for wildlife, the tree provides habitat and food for a variety of birds. While its seeds are not a primary food source, birds and small mammals do consume them. The dense foliage offers excellent nesting opportunities, and insects attracted to the tree serve as a food source for birds.

An interesting fact about Platanus orientalis ‘Cuneata’ is that, despite its common name suggesting a London origin, it is native to the Eastern Mediterranean region. The London Plane (Platanus x acerifolia), a hybrid between the Oriental Plane and the American Sycamore, is more common in London.

In summary, the Cuneata London Plane Tree (Platanus orientalis ‘Cuneata’) is a magnificent and robust tree, bringing year-round visual interest, ecological benefits, and resilience. Its adaptability and distinctive characteristics make it a valuable feature in large garden designs or parkland settings across Britain.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Fast Growth

Costal Growing






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