|Grid reference||ST 18664 78628|
|Common name||London plane|
|Height||26M February 2015|
|Girth||450cm February 2015|
This tree is to be found on the west side of the brook near the mid west entrance and the footbridge. It was probably planted at the time that the park was laid out.
General tree description
Platanus x hispanica can grow to 35 metres or more and live for several hundred years. Its bark is olive green to grey, with large scaly plates that peel off to reveal a creamy bark underneath. The leaves are maple-like, thick and leathery, up to 20 cm long and wide, with five triangular lobes. They turn a rich orange-yellow before falling in autumn. Bauble-like fruits hang in clusters from early summer to the following spring. The origin of Platanus x hispanica is not certain. It is thought to be a hybrid of the oriental plane and the American plane, and was brought to Britain from Spain in the 17th century.