AMERICAN SYCAMORE, BUTTONWOOD
All these trees are large, with heavy trunk (or trunks) and 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, 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 occidentalis
Native to easternU.S. Similar to P. × hispanica but with a longer leafless period. Irregular habit, contortedbranches. Occasionally grows with multiple or leaning trunks. Old trees near streams sometimes reach huge size.Best in a large wild garden.
Native to Central America, West Indies. Easy-to-grow, dependable plants that bloom in summer and fall;...
Mounding growth to 6 to 12 in. high and 1 1/2 to 3 ft.wide. Lacy, silvery blue foliage; flowers not sh...
This low-growing, weedy plant from Europe has bright green leaves and 1/2-in., brick red flowers. Has ...