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Platanus orientalis
Oriental plane

Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis) is a large, fast-growing, long-living deciduous tree. Its natural distribution extends from the eastern Mediterranean and throughout the Middle East to south-east Siberia.

The tree is mainly used for ornamental purposes, particularly given its characteristic speckled stem and its great tolerance to urban stress. The tree’s wood is not very durable but is used for pulp, paper production, inlay work and sometimes for cabinet-making. In Iran, it is used in traditional medicine.

The oriental plane grows in a wide variety of soils and is tolerant to air pollution, compacted soils, root disturbances and strong winds. Though it is able tolerate a degree of drought, it prefers moist soils and cannot grow in the shade.

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