A large, rapidly growing deciduous tree of plantations, woods, parkland, estates, large gardens and roadsides, prolifically self-sowing and naturalised in a very wide range of natural, semi-natural and man-made habitats, avoiding only the most acidic and waterlogged soils. In upland areas, however, it is often restricted to sites associated with habitation. 0-580 m (Dowgang Hush, Cumberland).
A. pseudoplatanus was introduced to Britain in the 16th century and was widely planted from the late 18th century onwards; it was first recorded from the wild in 1632. There has been little change in its distribution since the 1962 Atlas.
A European Temperate species, mainly found in the mountains of C. & S. 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
Comparative Plant Ecology,
, London, (1988)
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, Volume 32, p.215-252, (1945)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1978)
Alan Mitchell's Trees of Britain,
, London, (1996)