It can spontaneously grow in rivers and streams; it is cultivated as an ornamental tree in Western Europe since the XVIth century, in parks, gardens, promenades and streets due to its leafiness, which provides a great shade, as well as being resistant to pollution from cars.
Its wood is hard and fibrous, being used in woodwork, cart making, toy manufacture, train seats, etc.
Its fruits are also grouped toghether in round balls, each one having a shape like an inverted flat canoe and a long haired crown. These balls as a whole are called “pica-pica” (lit. itchy-itchy) in Spanish due to their itchiness. As historic curiosities we can say that the Greek wise doctor Hipocrates used to gather his disciples under the shade of an enormous platanus hispanica tree. And the legendary King of Spartha, Menenlaus, planted one before leaving to Troya, which lived over 800 years.