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Red Rock State Park
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Red Rock State Park
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Grasshopper Point, Oak Creek Canyon
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Red Rock State Park
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Wet Beaver Creek
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. Has large, spreading, irregular, whitish branches and broad, open crown with stout, mottled trunk to 4 feet in diameter. Often branched near base. Grows in wet soils along streams and canyons in desert grasslands, foothills and mountains.
Height: 80 feet     Width: 60 feet


Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 2000 - 6000 feet

Similar Species: Platanus racemosa

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow   Shape: Inconspicuous in round clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Apr
Description: Separate, tiny male and female flowers on same tree. In 2 to 4 separate, dense, ball-like clusters with leaves.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Light green   Type: Simple   Shape: Palmate   Margin: Lobed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Light green above, paler and hairy beneath. Palmately lobed, divided into 3, 5 or 7 narrow, long-pointed lobes. 6 to 9 inches long and wide. Slightly star-shaped. Usually without teeth.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Light brown   Type: Capsule   Description: 2 to 4 fuzzy balls, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter, hanging on a long, slender stalk; composed of numerous tiny, tufted seeds; maturing in autumn. Balls disintegrate over winter, with the wind dispersing the seeds.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Whitish   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Whitish, smooth and thin on branches. Whitish and peeling in brownish flakes and mottled on trunk and very large branches. Dark gray with thick plates that hang loose on very large old trunks. Rough, thick, deeply and irregularly furrowed at base.

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