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Mexican Sycamore
Platanus mexicana

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

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Deciduous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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 house...now 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.