Platanus occidentalis     
American planetree   
Platanaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: large, wide, spreading tree with massive trunk
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 60-100ft with near equal spread; does not reach full height in Tucson
Leaves: alternate, lobed (2-5 lobes per leaf), toothed margin; young growth is pubescent especially on underside
Flowers: not significant
Fruit: tightly clustered balls of seed, 1in diameter, may be single or in clusters; persistent
Stems/Trunks: coarse bark exfoliates to reveal gray, green or white smooth trunk
Range/Origin: North America
American plantree
Hardiness: to 0°F



leaves and seed pods
new leaves on Platanus occidentalis
note also seed ball from prior season

aka American sycamore

found naturally in perennial stream beds

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