PLANE-TREE the Platannus occidentalis,) is a native of North America; it is abundant on the banks of the Mississippi and Ohio. This, perhaps one of the largest of the American trees, is sometimes 12 ft in diameter; it is much used in that country for quays. The colour of the wood resembles beech, but it is softer. In Stephenson's Civil Engineering of North America, this is called Butterwood tree, and he gives the dimensions of some, measured by Michaux, fully equal to the measure quoted. The American variety, which is that more commonly grown in England, is sometimes called water-beech and sycamore. Plane-tree is used for musical instruments and other works requiring a clean light-coloured wood.

The Platanus orientalis, called also lace-wood, is a native of the Levant, and other Eastern countries; it is smaller, softer, and more ornamental than the above; the beauty of its septa gives it the damasked appearance from which it is sometimes named. It is commonly used by the Persians for their doors, windows, and furniture, and is suitable to ornamental cabinet-work and various kinds of turnery. The first kind also has septa, but they are smaller.

The true lace-wood tree is the Daphne Lagetta.