London Plane Roof Form Tree Information
What is a Roof Form Tree?
The term 'roof form' refers to trees that are trained into a clear stem, with a canopy of dense foliage at the crown formed by training branches over a horizontal cane framework of equal width all round. The stems are tall, usually between 2m and 2.5m in height. Roof form trees, also referred to as Parasol or Umbrella trees are ideal for creating natural shaded areas over seating, over terraces or along pathways and are popular in both form and function, offering an attractive, living sun-shade alternative to man-made screening and shade options.
London Plane (Platanus acerifolia) roof form trees are a popular deciduous tree similar to a Sycamore, thought to be a hybrid of the American and Oriental Plane. They are most noted for their large, thickly textured, five-lobed pointed leaves not unlike a maple leaf that turn a brilliant orange-yellow colour in autumn. The tree also has unusual green-grey bark which develops large scales that peel to reveal a creamy-white bark underneath creating an attractive camouflage effect. In spring the tree flowers in spherical clusters on a long drooping stem developing into fruit made up of hundreds of small seed-pods that disperse in the late autumn and winter winds.
Used extensively in urban areas, the London Plane is very tolerant or any soil type and weather as well as acting as a pollutant absorber to some degree. All these characteristics make this roof form tree a popular choice, particularly in London itself where this species makes up over half of the trees in the city, thus earning it the name 'London' Plane.
Once an order has been placed, we will contact you to arrange delivery. Delivery of all roof form trees is via a large truck due to their size, shape and weight. Lifting equipment will be needed to help unload and move the trees.
Although free delivery via a pallet will show when ordering online, as this is a specialist delivery, a delivery charge is applicable on all orders under 5 units.
For more information around delivery, please call 01257 263 876
and speak to one of our knowledgeable sales team. They will be able to provide costs for smaller orders and advise on lorry type, access required and lifting equipment needed to help unload the trees.
Please note: We recommend that any moving or lifting equipment such as a forklift, is booked for a full day not part day, as we cannot guarantee what time the trees will arrive on site on the day of delivery.
Ordering and Delivery - Speak to an expert.
You can of course order your trees right here on our website as we show a variety of species and specifications, however other varieties and sizes are available so please call to enquire. We're lucky to have a number of our team who are experts on pleached, box head and roof form trees, so if you're looking for advice or the very best price, please call the team on 01257 263 876
, or request a call back using this email address: [email protected]
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Boxes (Bare roots and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£4.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £200 incl VAT)||Orders of £200 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)Delivery Time
- Please note that due to high demand, delivery times are currently 7-14 days. (Some trees will be 7-14 days delivery as standard - see product pages for delivery info). We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible but can now deliver new orders within this timescale.It's Convenient
- no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)It's Tried & Tested
- we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care
* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after
any discounts have been applied.
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