At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Platanaceae
Latin Name: Platanus 'Acerifolia'
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow-brown
Bloom: Yellow and red
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Pyramidal to spreading
Bark: Brown exfoliating with white inner bark
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 8
Size: 100 to 75 feet
Spread: 60 to 75 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil
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Though it originated in Europe, the London Plane Tree has long been naturalized in the United States and now is a popular sight flanking urban streets and roadsides. It’s been hailed as one of the 50 Great British Trees by the Tree Council, an affiliate of Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society, and is a relatively young member of the Platanaceae family. The Morton Circle London Planetree – Exclamation™ (or, as it is binomially classified, Planatus x Acerfolia “Morton Circle”) is a hybrid of Platanus Orientalis (the Oriental Plane) and Platanus Occidentalis (the American Sycamore), introduced by Dr. George Ware at Chicagoland Grows. This species capitalizes on its fusion of its parent plants’ best attributes: it exhibits a greater resilience against frost cracking and cold temperatures than Platanus Orientalis, and is far less vulnerable to anthracnose diseases than Platanus Occidentalis.

Tremendously tolerant of atmospheric pollution and urban conditions, surviving in both upland and wetland environments, the long-living Morton Circle London Planetree – Exclamation™ thrives best in medium to wet, well-drained soils and when given access to full sun. It has a 4-8 hardiness zone rating. This specimen can grow to an imposing height of 60 ft. with an average 30 ft. spread. Its deciduous canopy extends out to form a pyramidal sort of architecture, with the dense dark green foliage shading the tree’s brown bark. The leaves are thick, palmately lobed, and resemble the leaves of maple trees. They are downy in the spring, becoming hairless and smooth in the summer; by autumn, their color has brightened to opulent shades of gold and toffee-brown.

In April, the Morton Circle London Planetree – Exclamation™ features monoecious yellow-red blossoms which appear in small rounded clusters, quickly replaced by the tree’s fruit. These greenish-tan furry balls ripen in autumn and often persist throughout the winter, though they usually disintegrate throughout the colder months, dispersing their seeds and filling the breeze with their downy tufts. They’re a favorite treat of squirrels and finches. The tree’s bark exfoliates to create an attractive patchwork of color, with the brown outer bark peeling away to reveal a soft and cream-colored inner bark, ensuring that the Morton Circle London Planetree – Exclamation™ is distinguishable from a distance.

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