London has a variety of trees such as the gray alder, wild cherry, black poplar, acacia, planes, oaks, and maples, and mulberries, which the great bard himself is said to, have planted in Stratford-upon-Avon. Some are majestic while others are rather plain trees. The plane tree is definitely not one of the london plain tree. In the play, ‘two noble kinsmen,’ we find the words, ” Where a cedar higher than all the rest spreads like a plane” These words are thought to have been making reference to the plane tree (Platanus), which has been described as an extremely handsome tree that was quite scarce in England back in the 1540s.
This tree, whose likely ancestor, the oriental plane is thought to have been grown in France, in the old days; stands tall and huge with its impressive branching and unique often camouflage-patterned khaki bark. The tree’s appearance is majestic whether in winter or summer. It is a widely planted urban tree in London today; making up more than half of London’s tree population. It thrives even in sooty air and drought and outlives most of the other shade trees planted in urban environments. The tree also thrives in different kinds of soils, including loam, clay, and sandy, acidic or alkaline soils can be easily transplanted and is not affected by Anthracnose. Due to its big size, the tree would not grow well in a small space, but it provides a great shade when it grows. Aside from allergy concerns due to spores released from its fruits, the tree is a great addition to the streets of urban areas.