About Platanus acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ (Bloodgood London Planetree)
This delightfully robust tree is called Platanus acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’. Deciduous in nature, this large tree is sought after for its large three-lobed, teethed, dark green leaves that turn yellow, orange, and red with the fall season. Its yellow bloom clusters emerge in the spring are inconspicuous and otherwise not a focal point in comparison to its striking foliage. Brown rounded fruit is peppered throughout this tree throughout the year and can cause significant litter as it sheds and unfortunately does not attract birds or other wildlife. Its bark adds further interest to this variety shedding in a patchwork pattern with growth and age. As a fast grower, you can expect this variety to reach an average landscape size of 40-50′ by 30-40′. This tree is commonly known as ‘Bloodgood‘ London Planetree or London Plane Tree.
Care and planting instructions
Plant Platanus acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ in an area that receives full sun. Water regularly after planting to encourage a healthy root system then reduce the frequency, except during periods of extreme heat. While not considered a drought-tolerant plant, this variety can tolerate short periods without water. Bloodgood‘ London Planetree is considered a low maintenance tree and should grow well without much effort. No pruning is required unless desired to control its size. Its leaves make great compost if collected immediately after being shed.
Landscape design ideas
As a tree with huge shade potential and low maintenance requirements, this tree flourishes well in city parks and street medians. This tree is a great option for residential properties seeking to create a more intimate, private feel by creating a privacy screen when planted near property lines or fencing.