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The London Plane tree is widely planted across South Africa in our urban environments. The famous Victoria and Dorp streets in Stellenbosch is often visited by tourists to view the magnificent London Plane trees that line the old town’s streets. It is an ideal urban roadside specimen because it is very tolerant of atmospheric pollution and root compaction. Furthermore, the London Plane is also much loved by avid landscapers due to the many striking characteristics it possesses such as the flaky bark; the golden autumn foliage as well as the decorative brown seeds balls that hang like ornaments in the tree during the winter months. As a bonus, the tree is fast growing and will provide a great canopy of shade in the summer months.