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Platanus wrightii

Arizona sycamore

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Features

  • FruitsDecember
  • Height20m to 33m
  • Spread6m to 10m
  • Growth HabitUpright oval

Description

Platanus wrightii (Arizona sycamore). This is a large beautiful tree with maple like leaves and interesting and colourful bark that exfoliates in pieces showing lighter bark underneath. The leaves are 4-9 inches long deeply lobed and light green. The seed balls grow in clusters.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Plane tree

Origin

Eastern Arizona

Interest and use

Bark and interesting leaves

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will need deep, rich well-drained soil in a sunny site and can be transplanted. You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by layering.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by layering. Propagate P.acerifolia hybrid by hardwood cuttings in early winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to the fungal disease plane anthracnose, except P.orientalis. Foliage prone to lacebugs.

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