Platanus racemosa

California Sycamore
Categories: , , .
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

40-80′ x 30-50′


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attractive Bark, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#5, #15, 24″ box, 36″ box

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fast-growing deciduous tree to 40-80’ tall x 30-50’ wide with age, often seen with multiple leaning trunks and large, twisting branches that create a majestic, naturally sculptured appearance. This handsome, vigorous-growing variety features large, maple-like bright-green leaves that turn shades of pale-orange and dusty-brown in the fall. Inconspicuous flowers appear in spring, followed by 1” round green fruit that mature to brown and persist into fall and winter. Adding further appeal to this popular landscape specimen is its smooth peeling bark in shades of grey, tan, brown and creamy-white. Tolerates heat and wind, is considered verticillium resistant (a foliage wilting disease that affects some sycamore varieties) and grows in a variety of different soil types. Well-suited in woodland settings, or as a large street, park or lawn tree. While able to withstand some drought once established, this species thrives with deep regular watering in a well-drained soil, and prefers a full sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 7-10
Sunset Zone: 4-24

Send this to a friend