Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' at Cathays Cemetery

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Platanus orientalis 'Digitata'
early May 2021

Grid reference ST 18007 78292
Common name Oriental plane
Alternative name Platanus orientalis f. digitata
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Map section S
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 13M February 2021
Girth 138cm February 2021
Reference 637

This tree is in at the southern end of the cemetery close to the Whitchurch Road boundary. It is opposite Gladstone Primary School.

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' bark

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' bark
early March 2021

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' seed

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' seed cluster
late February 2021

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' flower1

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' flowers
late April 2021

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' leaf1

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' leaves
early May 2021 2021

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' leaf2

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' Underside of leaf
early May 2021 2021

General tree description

Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' is a cultivar of the Oriental plane (P. orientalis) with deeply cut leaves forming three or five finger-like lobes with serrated edges. The Oriental plane is native to Asia Minor and India and is a fast growing, large tree up to 30 metres, with a wide spreading crown. Its flaking, ornamental bark is dappled in shades of brown, grey and cream, giving the tree a speckled appearance. The feathery, palmate leaves are fresh green, turning pale purple in autumn. There are spherical yellow-green flowers in May, followed by spherical clusters of seeds, initially green, turning brown and remaining on the tree until mid-winter. P. orientalis 'Digitata' has the same growth habit as the species but is distinguished by its deeply cut leaves.