In Europe the oriental plane grows into a large tree with a wide oval crown. When the tree is older the branches hang down more, thereby forming a rounded crown. The bast is yellow, and the green (sometimes grey) bark flakes off in small pieces, giving the tree a speckled appearance. A clear difference with P. x acerifolia can be seen in the very gnarled trunk and the shape of the leaves. The palmate leaves are more deeply incised and usually have 5-7 sharply serrated lobes, the central lobe being longer than it is broad. The spherical flowers are covered with protruding hairs. The fruit is at first green but turns colour to brown and has a diameter of about 2.5 cm. The fruit hangs in groups of 3 to 6 and remains on the tree until deep into the winter. Saplings are sensitive to frost.