Platanus acerifolia ‘Columbia’

London Plane Tree

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Trees

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Large

Also Grown As: Standard Tree

Mature Height & Spread: 40-80' x 30-40'

Natural Growth Habit: Upright, Rounded

Native To: Hybrid

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Insignificant

Bloom Time:

Special Features: Attractive Bark / Attracts Birds/Butterflies

Container Sizes: #15, 24" Box

Sunset Garden Zones: 2-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

A Bit More

Platanus acerifolia ‘Columbia’ brings the beauty of the London Plane tree without the worry of anthracnose (symptoms include discoloration and leaf drop) or mildew to the landscape. This circa 1970 variety is a hybrid between Platanus occidentalis and Platanus orientalis. ‘Columbia’ was developed in 1984 to resist the diseases that so often plagued Platanus acerifolia. A strikingly beautiful tree with an erect growth pattern, it grows quickly and can reach 30 feet in 12 years or 50 feet in 25 years. It will spread about half as wide as it is tall. Five-lobed medium to dark green leaves are a nice foil to the handsome peeling bark that is gray-yellow to gray-orange when new and gray-green with age. Come fall, the leaves turn yellow and drop allowing a better view of the fascinating bark patterns. Its fruit balls are spiky spheres. This is a fabulously adaptable tree is unfazed by soil type, smog, heat, or disease. It can best be appreciated given room hence parks, lawns, golf courses and industrial parks are common applications. Best in Sunset Western Garden zones 2-24, it will be happiest in full sun with moderate water and deep rich soil. Boething Treeland Farms grows it in 15 gallons, 24” and 36” box sizes.