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Oriental Plane | Platanus orientalis Digitata | Bareroot Standard Trees
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Oriental Plane - Large Standard Trees
Oriental Plane is a big, spreading, deciduous tree that grows quickly. It is known for its variable growth habit. There are old trees with tall elegant, straight stems and quite neat round canopies, trees with stubby short trunks and thick, winding branches and there is one famous tree in Wiltshire, planted in 1760, with vast, tentacle-like branches that rest on the ground in all directions, covering an area the size of a football pitch! The reason for this unpredictable shape is that unlike most trees, this species doesn't have leaf buds at the end of its stems and so each branch takes a slightly different direction every year.
All in all, it is a beautiful tree, full of character and well recommended for a large garden, park or golf course.
We also grow the related London Plane tree.
Growing Oriental Plane Trees
They will grow in any soil where there is a good amount of sun. They aren't commonly grown in the North or Scotland, but they should be fine for sheltered sites on the Western side of the country. They prefer a moist soil and love heavy clay, but mature trees can tolerate drought well. Plane trees are fine planting in exposed windy locations, but not on the coast. They are good for inner city planting.
Oriental Planes are native to Eastern Europe and have been grown in Britain since the late 1500's.
Please watch our tree planting video for full planting instructions.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary.
So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around.
This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height. Most standards are between 2 - 3.5 metres tall, but this is just an average. We cannot tell you how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.
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