A number of cultivars are available in NZ, the most common being ‘Autumn Glory’ increasingly used to replace London Planes as a street tree.
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Large deciduous tree with usually peeling bark in small flakes (cf. London plane which has larger flakes), sometimes becoming thick and rugged; leaves 5-7 lobed, the lobes being narrower and deeper than in London plane; monoecious. London plane (P.X acerifolia) has P. orientalis as one parent and has leaves less deeply lobed than in P. orientalis, and 5-lobed cf. 5-7 lobes. London plane has seed balls typically two [(1)-2-(4)] per stem cf. 3-6 in P. orientalis.
Planted in NZ since at least 1870 (https://www.ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Parks-Gardens/Christchurch-Botanic-Gardens/BotanicGardensWalkingGuide.pdf)
South-east Europe to South-west Asia
Reason for introduction
orientalis: From the Latin orientale, meaning ‘eastern’ but sometimes also translated as ‘from the Orient’.
Fact sheet prepared by Colin C Ogle, Sept. 2016
References and further reading