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PlantFiles: Mexican Sycamore
Platanus mexicana

Family: Platanaceae
Genus: Platanus (PLAT-an-us) (Info)
Species: mexicana (meks-sih-KAY-nuh) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MacSuibhne On Feb 20, 2007, MacSuibhne from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Absolutely beautiful shade tree; very long-lived, fast growing, and damned tall to boot (60' -- 100'). When I moved into my home two years ago, the three year-old sapling was already as tall as the it's double the height. Mexican Sycamore is also very drought tolerant, keeping its vibrant green leaves with only a slight browning of the edges after a three-month drought. In full sun. In fact, I believe it single-handedly (rather, single-branchedly) saved my yard from bursting into flames. Had I more space, I would definitely plant another. It doesn't produce any spectacular flower, or turn in the fall, but the thick shade it provides more than justifies growing one.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Lancaster, California
Coushatta, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jay, Oklahoma
Alpine, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Cedar Creek, Texas
Grand Saline, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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