These trees are all large, with a heavy trunk (or trunks) and a sculptural branch pattern. Older bark sheds in patches to reveal pale, smooth new bark beneath. Big, rough-surfaced leaves (to 10 in. across) have three to five lobes and resemble maple (Acer) leaves. Fall foliage color is yellowish to brown, not striking. Ball-shaped brown seed clusters, usually on threadlike stalks, hang on the bare branches through winter; these are prized for winter arrangements. Best in rich, deep, moist, well-drained soil. All are subject to anthracnose, which causes early leaf drop and twig dieback. Rake up and dispose of dead leaves, since fungus spores can overwinter on them. Chlorosis may be a problem in the desert.Platanus wrightii
Native along streams and canyons in mountains of southern and eastern Arizona. Grows to 80 ft. tall and 55 ft. wide. Resembles P. racemosa, but its leaves are more deeply lobed and seed clusters have individual stems branching from the common stalk.
Native to southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. Small tree or shrub with dense, spiny growth to 18 ft...
Native to Texas and Mexico. Compact, rounded plant to 2–3 ft. tall and wide; puts on a good show...
Native to southern Arizona, Baja California, and Mexico. Leaves to 4 in. long.