A deciduous tree planted in woodland, hedgerows, amenity areas, gardens and along roads. It tolerates a wide range of soil types and is frequently self-sown, becoming naturalised in secondary woodland, rough grassland, scrub and urban waste land. Generally lowland, but reaching 340 m at Alston (Cumberland).
A. platanoides was in cultivation in Britain by 1683, and has been known from the wild since at least 1905. Trends in its distribution are difficult to assess, but it is probably increasing due to continued planting.
A European Temperate species, absent as a native from much of western Europe.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1970. Trees and shrubs hardy in the British Isles, edn 8, I. A-C.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1945. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 13. Acer L. genus (pp. 215-219), Acer pseudo-platanus L. (pp. 220-237), Acer platanoides L. (p. 238), Acer campestre L. (pp. 239-252). Journal of Ecology. 32:215-252.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
1996. Alan Mitchell's Trees of Britain.