I've encountered Plane Trees in unexpected places and am surprised by it's durability. Quite often they are pollarded and happily grow back the next spring. A friend mentioned how common they are in Spain but all I could think about was, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain"...or is that Plane. Last year I encountered large, old specimens in the desert gardens of Huntington Botanical Garden. A surprise indeed. I came across rows of Platanus infront of the San Francisco City Hall a few years ago with these interesting Willow art things. The Plane Trees doesn't get the fan-fare but it demonstrates by functionality and durability that few trees can equal.
thanks for your added comments and picture. Those decorated in the picture are really, um, unusual!
Plane trees are used here in parking lot islands, really can't be a good moist place but they do live awhile.