Oriental Plane Tree Seeds (Platanus orientalis) 50+Seeds
Platanus orientalis, commonly called Oriental plane tree or oriental sycamore, is a deciduous, usually single-trunk tree with distinctive, flaky, brown-gray-cream bark, large maple-like leaves and spherical fruiting balls that persist into winter. The creamy bark on mature trees facilitates identification from great distances. It is generally regarded to be the most massive shade tree indigenous to the area of its native range extending from southeastern Europe into western Asia. It is rarely planted in the U.S., but is one of the parents of the London plane tree (P. orientalis x P. occidentalis). It is somewhat variable in characteristics, and is sometimes difficult to distinguish from London plane. It also may hybridize with London plane without human intervention, thus creating further variation. It typically grows to 60-80' (less frequently to 120’) tall with horizontal branching and a rounded habit. Large, dark green leaves (4-10” wide) with 5-7 palmate lobes have coarse marginal teeth. In fall, foliage typically turns an undistinguished yellow-brown. Small, non-showy, monoecious flowers appear in small rounded clusters in April. Female flowers give way to bristly, long-stalked, spherical fruiting balls (to 1 3/8” diameter) that ripen to brown in October and persist into early winter. Fruiting balls typically appear in groups of 3-6. Each fruiting ball consists of numerous, densely-packed, tiny seed-like fruits (achenes). Fruiting balls gradually disintegrate as fall progresses, disbursing their seeds, often in downy tufts, with the wind. Wood has been commercially used for a variety of products including furniture, cabinets, barrels, crates and butcher blocks.