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Platanus racemosa (California sycamore)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Platanus racemosa

Platanus racemosa Nutt.

California sycamore, Western sycamore

Platanaceae (Planetree Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: plra

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Tree with enlarged base, stout trunk, often branched near base, and broad, irregular, open crown of thick, spreading branches. The California sycamore is a 75 ft., deciduous tree that will grow 15-20 ft. in the first 5-10 years. The main trunk often divides into ascending or almost prostrate secondary stems, and the thick, contorted branches form a majestic, irregular, open crown. The mottled white bark and deeply five-lobed leaves with moderate fall color are attractive features.

Common in the valleys of California, it is also a shade and ornamental tree. Giant trees with massive, barrel-shaped trunks often lean and fork into picturesque shapes. The champion, at Santa Barbara, California, when measured in 1945, was 116 (35.4 m) high, 27 (8.2 m) in trunk circumference, and 158 (48.2 m) in crown spread. The mottled bark and coarse, light green foliage are distinctive.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 72-100 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA; adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Stream banks below 4000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Propagation

Description: Propagation by seed is possible.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Cool-moist stratification for 30-90 days at 40 degrees in sand, peat, or sandy loam enhances germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Bibliography

Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Platanus racemosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Platanus racemosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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