The London planetree is the creation of a hybrid over 400 years ago between the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the Oriental planetree (Platanus orientalis). Although there are many of these planted in London, it is likely that the location of the city near the Prime Meridian (which seperates the Eastern from the Western Hemispheres) led to the name of the tree. It is very tolerant of air pollution, which makes it an ideal street planting tree.
This plaza at the southwest corner of the Yard contains 8 London plantrees.
Virginia Tech Dendrology info-London planetree
Created by Ryan Lynch
Last updated May 20, 2007