Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis) is often planted to provide shade over Mediterranean village squares. The species also grows wild in the Balkans and has been cultivated from the Mediterranean to India since ancient times. It was a feature of Persian and Mogul gardens. It is fast growing and can withstand heavy pruning. The peeling, flaky bark and large, deeply cut leaves are characteristic of the Plane. The flowers are small, in tight heads like tassels on a cord. See also London Plane.
Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p.29.