The globe plane tree is a decorative solitaire for gardens or front gardens.
The sycamore tree is a deciduous tree. The botanical name of this variety is Platanus hispanica 'Alphens Globe'. It is extremely attractive with its spherical crown. The plane tree reaches a height of four to five metres. The annual growth is between 20 and 40 centimetres, whereby the trunk height remains unchanged. This spherical tree embellishes gardens, courtyards, driveways or forecourts. The sycamore tree is grafted onto a standard trunk. If the crown becomes too spreading over time, the globe plane tree can be pruned easily.
The special features of the plane tree
The large, five-lobed leaves are typical of the sycamore tree. These have a toothed leaf edge. They are hairy on both sides at first, which fades with time. The texture is slightly leathery, the colour is dark green. They grow to between twelve and 16 centimetres tall and turn yellow in autumn. The leaves remain on the shoots for quite a long time before they fall off in winter. They are alternate and resemble maple leaves. This variety is therefore also known as the maple-leaved plane tree. The bark is yellowish brown to greyish brown. It comes off the trunk in plate-like pieces in older trees.
Blooms and fruits
If you buy a plane tree, you will enjoy the greenish-yellow flowers in May. The little seeds hang down from the branches. In October, rounded brown-yellow fruits develop on Platanus hispanica 'Alphens Globe'. They remain attached to the branches for a long time, which gives the tree its characteristic appearance in winter. It is not until spring that small nodes, which contain the seeds, fall out of the fruit.
The globe plane is uncomplicated and hardy.
The sycamore tree is a heart-rooter. It makes few demands on the garden soil, as long as it is somewhat calcareous, loamy and well-drained. The ideal location is sunny to semi-shady. The plane tree can also tolerate shady spots. The sycamore tree is modest. It tolerates temporary dry periods without problems, but long periods of drought are not good for the plane tree. The best time to plant the plane tree is in spring or autumn before winter. The careful gardener makes sure that the planting hole is twice as large as the root ball. After planting, the tree is watered thoroughly. Pruning is carried out in spring before the leaves emerge.
If you want to plant a house tree full of character, you should buy a plane tree. It is predestined for squares or small gardens. Even in a planter box, the sycamore tree cuts a fine figure and looks perfect on the terrace or roof garden.
Delivery size (trunk height) is 170 - 180 cm with a trunk circumference of 8 - 10 cm.