Platanus occidentalis

Plant Description
Large scale, fast growing, deciduous shade tree with large leaves and striking gray and white bark. Not historically planted in new gardens, but has recently been used more by designers for it's nice texture and contrast. The Mexican Sycamore (Platanus mexicana) is a variety that is a smaller scale than the American Sycamore and is drought tolerant making it more prevalent in the Hill Country and South Texas. A nice tree to add to the garden if you have the space and need the texture, but not advisable to plant many of them.

Plant Details
Pros: Shade tree, large leaves, texture
Cons: Messy, invasive roots
Size: 75-80' height, 60' spread
Light: Sun
Bloom Color: None
Fall Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Low-Normal
Similar Plants: London Plane Tree, Silver Maple, Swetgum

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