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Platanus Occidentalis

Botanical Name:

Platanus occidentalis

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Moist, sandy loams or silty clays.
Cold Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May

Plant Type

Trees, Native Plant, Tree

Lifespan

Perennial, Woody

Plant Height

36-72 ft.

Flower

In April, insignificant, small monoecious flowers yellow (male), red (female), appear in clusters, typically one cluster to a stalk. Inflorescence is a pendulous, globose syncarp, solitary terminating on an elongated peduncle that is 3 to 6 inches long. Syncarps are hard when young, and crumb apart when they mature.

Fruit

The fruit is a showy fuzzy, long-stalked, spherical ball (to 1 3/8 inches diameter). They ripen to brown in the fall and persist into early winter. Each ball contains many seed-like fruits called achenes. As fall progresses the balls break down and the seeds fly out in downy tufts on the wind. Achene borne 3-6 inch stalk fruit with tiny winged .5 inch long seed maturing in November and disseminating in late winter., Orange, Brown

Benefits
Ornamental

Shade tree

Attracts

Birds

Taxonomy

Order

Proteales

Family

Platanaceae

Genus

Platanus

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