Broadly pyramidal a & densley branched.

Platanus Monumental™

Selected for its broadly pyramidal, densely branched canopy, distinctive bright white winter bark, and sycamore anthracnose tolerance.

Monumental™ has a strong central leader and uniform, densely branched, broad, pyramidal shape. The dense branching results in consistent foliage cover t hroughout the canopy. Foliage: Medium green, deeply palmate-lobed foliage for the entire growing season with a yellow fall color display. Bark: Attractive, light gray, exfoliating bark that transitions to bright white, providing striking winter interest in the landscape. Fruit: Some fruiting as a young and mature tree. Monumental™ works well as a landscape shade t ree for home, commercial, and municipal park landscapes, or could be used as a residential street tree. London planetrees are known world wide f or excellent tolerance to the challenges of the developed landscape including air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought. Monumental™ has superior adaptability, hardiness, disease resistance, and uniform habit that make it suitable for use in the landscape. When tested against P. ‘Bloodgood’ in field trials, it proved to be a superior performer in developing consistent caliper and having a strong, straight stem. For those who prefer the broad spreading habit of the Chicagoland Grows® introduction Ovation™, Monumental™ is an excellent replacement. The branch angles of Monumental™ are much more uniform with straighter branches than the Bloodgood branch angles (above right). The stem of Monumental™ grows much straighter and stronger than Bloodgood. Where Bloodgood has a slight bend at each node, Monumental™ grows straight.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Monumental London planetree
  • Botanical Name

    Platanus xacerifolia 'Morton Naper'
  • Origin

    Monumental™ is a selection that resulted from a controlled cross conducted by Dr. George Ware at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Dr. Ware received pollen from the U.S. National Arboretum and crossed it onto a native P. occidentalis growing at The Morton Arboretum. The original plant of Monumental™ has been observed in the landscape since 1994.

Cultural Details

  • Size

    50-70' tall by 30-50' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Ful sun
  • Soil

    Tolerant of poor soils, but adaptable to many
  • Moisture

    Tolerance to drought and extended flooding
  • Disease & Pests

    Bred and selected for resistance to sycamore anthracnose.
  • Landscape Use

    Specimen, large parks, extensive lawn areas, parkways, golf courses, parking lots, street tree
  • Propagation

    Softwood Cuttings

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