Non-native trees


Many non-native trees may be as familiar as native trees because plant hunters and plant collectors have been ļ¬nding and introducing trees into the British Isles for many centuries. Common, non-native trees such as the Horse chestnut, Sycamore and False acacia will be more familiar in many towns than several native trees. In London, the London plane, which came into being only in the mid-seventeenth century has taken its common name from the capital, so widely-planted there and familiar is it.


This section contains a very small selection of the non-native species growing in London. Those marked with an * can be found at Highbury Fields, Islington.


Indian bean tree - Catalpa bignonioides *

Dawn redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Deodar cedar - Cedrus deodara *

Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus

False acacia - Robinia pseudoacacia *

Common Fig - Ficus carica

Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba

Horse chestnut - Aesculus hippocastanum *

Larch - Larix *


Persian ironwood - Parrotia persica *

London plane - Platanus acerifolia (also hispanica) *

Oriental plane - Platanus orientalis

Swamp cypress - Taxodium distichum *

Sweet chestnut - Castanea sativa *

Sycamore - Acer pseudoplatanus

Tulip tree - Liriodendron tulipifera

Walnut - Juglans *

Wingnut - Pterocarya