Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
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Irregular form and beautiful white bark distinguish this California native from its more upright, symmetrical European cousins. This water loving tree can be found in riparian riverbank habitats of coastal hill country as well as in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains much further inland. In the wild the trees stand out from other natives in color, texture and form. The white and tan scaly bark is among its most distinguishing features. Lobed leaves with slightly fuzzy, pubescent surfaces are loosely distributed over the gnarled branches. Foliage takes on brown coloring late in the late summer, long before other species’ leaves begin to turn.
In spring small flower clusters are formed which yield into golf ball sized seed balls. These persist throughout autumn and winter to later disintegrate into fuzzy wind spread seeds. These trees have always taken second place in the landscape behind the symmetrical sycamores, but they are far better choices for native and wild gardens. The species is ideal for large homesites adjacent to wildlands for shading and visual interest without concerns for invasiveness. Few trees are as sculptural under night lighting due to irregular habit, white bark and unique shadows cast by the leaves.
8 - 5
3 - 8
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
60'-80' / 18.3m - 24.4m
50'-70' / 15.2m - 21.3m
Clay, Loam, Sand
Wet Site, Drought
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
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