Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Platanus orientalis
Oriental plane

Tag 93
54 deg 34.959N
5 deg 56.078W

The oriental plane is native to SE Europe from the Balcans as far east as Iran. It is often found in damp situations growing with alder and willows, but will grow well in dry soils. It has been spread to many parts of the world where it is valued as a shade tree. It is sometimes used as a street tree, but eventually develops a wide branching pattern. It is thought to be the tree under which Hippocrates taught his students. The oriental plane is one of the parents of the hybrid London plane Platanus x acerifolia. Younger trees have the flaking bark that is also seen in the hybrid London plane, but the trunks will sometimes develop numerous burrs as has happened in the Belfast Botanic Gardens specimen and also in a very similar tree is the grounds of Trinity College Dublin

Platanus orientalis in Belfast Botanic Gardens Platanus orientalis leaf
Platanus orientalis in Belfast Botanic Gardens Burs on trunk of Platanus orientalis
Leaf shape Platanus orientalis trunk
Leaves of Platanus orientalis Autumn leaves of Platanus orientalis

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2014 and 2015. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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