What is the fruit of a plane tree?

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What is the fruit of a plane tree?

The fruit of the London Plane is a dense ball of achenes. Each achene consists of one seed with a style and hair attached. The styles stick out in this close-up photo. The hairs, which aid wind dispersal, are inside the ball.

Is plane tree fruit edible?

IDENTIFICATION: Tall tree resembling a maple with mottled bark, leaves palmate, large, eight inches wide and long or more, with three lobes, glossy green on top, paler underneath. Non-edible fruit, a brown cluster.

Why are they called plane trees?

The genus name Platanus, is the classical name for the plane tree, from the Greek platus, meaning broad, in reference to the wide leaves. The species name, acerifolia, means maple leaf, in reference to the shape of the leaves.

Is a sycamore the same as a plane tree?

The American plane tree, or sycamore (P. occidentalis), also known as buttonwood, buttonball, or whitewood, is the tallest, sometimes reaching a height of more than 50 m (160 feet). Its pendent, smooth, ball-shaped seed clusters usually dangle singly and often persist after leaf fall.

Do plane trees bear fruit?

Small flowers appear in clusters in the early spring, gradually ripening into fruit balls that turn brown in the fall.

Do plane trees grow in the USA?

London plane trees grow wild in Europe and are increasingly cultivated in the United States. These are tall, sturdy, easy-grow trees that can get to 100 feet (30 m.)

What can I do with plane tree leaves?

Plane trees mulch makes a cheap and persistent garden mulch. The layer of leaves slowly breaks down but the cover will last for a year until the next lot of leaves are available. After the year the soil below is damp, friable, looks good and has a nice population of worms.

What are plane trees used for?

While plane tree wood isn’t well-suited for outdoor use, it is prized for indoor furniture because of its attractive, lacy appearance. In the early history of the United States, people have been using plane trees for boxes, utensils, paneling, flooring, buckets, butcher blocks, carvings, veneers, and even barber poles.

Are plane tree leaves poisonous?

The answer is a guarded yes – particularly in September, among people with allergies. It’s also likely but unproven that plane tree leaf trichomes cause a range of irritant effects in a wider population and for longer. And there are clearly other allergic causes of symptoms in the inner city as well.

Do plane tree leaves make good compost?

If you have experience with the autumn fall of Plane Tree leaves you will know the mess they make and how they are so slow to break down if added to compost.

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