California Sycamore | Drought Tolerant Trees

The California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa) is a beautiful specimen tree that provides vast amounts of shade throughout spring and summer months and a beautiful color display in the fall and winter months. The California Sycamore has bright green leaves that are contrasted by a white bark which gives this tree a very unique look.

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Water Needs

Moist to dry soil


Full sun to partial shade


30-80 feet

Growth Rate

36 inches per season




Summer or Fall
Medium, brown or mostly green

Pest & Disease

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Leaf Miner, Scales and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Mistletoe, Apignomonia venata and Root Rot

Fire Resistance


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To learn more about creating a water wise landscape, check out our complete list of the best drought tolerant and drought resistant trees for North County San Diego.

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