Bark & Rock
A5 Lacewood London Plane
Where: London, England
Botanical name: Platanus hybrida
‘Lacewood’ refers to the striking lace-like patterns found in wood from a number of different trees, including this beautiful London Plane veneer. As its name suggests, this tree abounds in London, lining streets and parks across the city.
London Planes are particularly resistant to pollution and are thus a perfect choice for greening urban landscapes. They are planted in towns and cities right across Europe for the same reasons.
London Plane trees were apparently introduced to England from Spain by John Tradescant, gardener to King Charles I, in the 17th century. They are believed to be a hybrid of the American Plane and the Oriental Plane, created by crossing a Maple and a Plane leaf.