California sycamore (Platanus racemosa)

Native: California

General Notes:

Platanus racemosa in Oakdale is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 106 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 355 inches and a crown spread of 136 feet.

Tree Characteristics

  • Shape: Oval, Rounded or Umbrella
  • Foliage: Deciduous, Palmate, Light Green, Bronze,
  • Height: 30 - 80 feet.
  • Width: 20 - 50 feet.
  • Flowers: Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring.
  • Fruit: Prolific, Brown or Mostly Green Achene, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
  • Bark: Striking, Cream or Light Green, Exfoliating, Furrowed or Smooth.
  • Shading Capacity: Dense in Leaf. Moderate out of Leaf.
  • Litter Issue: Dry Fruit, Leaves, Twigs and Bark.​

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

  • Zones: Sunset 4 – 24, USDA Hardiness 7 - 10.
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Pests & Disease Information

  • Resistant: Verticillium.
  • Susceptible: Leaf Miner, Scales and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Mistletoe, Apignomonia venata and Root Rot.​

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

  • Branch Strength: Medium.
  • Root Damage Potential: Moderate.
  • Health Hazard: Allergy
  • Biogenic Emissions: High
  • Attracts: Birds.

Sources:

SelecTree. "Platanus racemosa Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 23, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/platanus-racemosa >

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