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Bloodgood London Planetree

Platanus x acerifolia 'Bloodgood'

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Bloodgood London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia 'Bloodgood') at Moana Nursery

Bloodgood London Planetree

Bloodgood London Planetree

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bloodgood London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia 'Bloodgood') at Moana Nursery

Bloodgood London Planetree bark

Bloodgood London Planetree bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  90 feet

Spread:  70 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Description:

A popular, durable and attractive shade and street tree, very tolerant of adverse conditions and road salt; interestingly shaped leaves and beautiful white and brown mottled bark; best in larger landscapes; improved disease resistance over other varieties

Ornamental Features

Bloodgood London Planetree has green foliage throughout the season. The large serrated lobed leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The mottled silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Bloodgood London Planetree is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bloodgood London Planetree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Bloodgood London Planetree will grow to be about 90 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 70 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.