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Arizona sycamore

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While visiting Montezuma Castle on October 18th last year I learned that there’s such a thing as an Arizona sycamore tree, Platanus wrightii. Like the better-known American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, this one has bark that peels to reveal trunk and branches that shine white in the light of the sun, especially from a distance. A closer look, like the one below, reveals patterns and details.


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I’m still halfway around the world. You’re welcome to comment but I may be slow to reply. I’m sorry I also haven’t been able to keep up with your blogs.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 20, 2017 at 5:12 AM

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  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. Found this story amazing. #AhiddenGem


    February 20, 2017 at 5:55 AM



    February 20, 2017 at 1:33 PM

  3. This looks like the tree growing in a little Arizona town we visit. When the vultures come back in the spring from Mexico, a dozen or more roost in the tree. You can see them circling as the day closes, then settling in on the branches. And in the morning you can catch them waiting for the thermals to lift them skyward. Neat birds.


    February 20, 2017 at 5:32 PM

  4. Hm. I wonder if all sycamores smell delicious in the rain? It is one of my favorite smells in nature.


    February 20, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    • I’ve never noticed the smell of wet sycamores but we have plenty of those trees in Austin so I’ll try to find out how they smell after a rain.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2017 at 3:24 AM

  5. The closeup of the bark is delightful; the colors and textures are as appealing as they are a-peeling.
    I just discovered I have a nice photo of a Platanus occidentalis from the Tallgrass Prairie bottomlands, taken on October 24. It’s interesting to see the trees’ similarities and differences. Both are lovely in sunlight, that’s for sure.


    February 21, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    • Sycamores are great trees, no question about it, and among our tallest. I never get tired of their bark patterns, and it seems they hold you in thrall as well. It’s good you discovered a picture you took of one on the tallgrass prairie, where it must have stood out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2017 at 2:05 AM

  6. Super images Steve .. hope the holiday is going well 😄


    February 24, 2017 at 12:51 PM

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