Although it can be spontaneously born in rivers and streams, it is cultivated as ornamental in Europe since the XVI century, easily found in parks, gardens, promenades, and streets due to its cup luxuriance and excelent shade, and even, after the appearance of the automobile, due to its pollution resistance. Its wood is fibrous and hard, being used in woodwork, cart making, toys, railways sleepers, etc.
The fruits are also grouped together in balls, each one having an inverted wedge shape and a long strand of hair. Altoghether these balls are called “itching” due to their skin irritation properties. As historical curiosities we can say that wise Greek doctor Hipocrates, gathered his disciples under the shade of an enormous plane tree. And the legendary King of Spartha Esparta, Menenlao planted one before leaving to Troya, which lived over 800 years.