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Re: For Stan - Found a California Palm Climate Table
Posted by Brandt-San Diego on 7/8/2017, 2:46 am, in reply to "Re: For Stan - Found a California Palm Climate Table"
You're correct--a few people have grown European white birches here. They rarely live long, probably 10-20 years. They are native to higher elevations around the northern Mediterranean, so that might allow them to do OK in mild climates.
Sweetgums are reliable with colorful late autumn foliage, though I say "in moderation, please". Regarding sycamores, the native one, Platanus racemosa, has a lot of character--neat bark and shape, and hangs onto a few leaves usually in winter. It's desirable. On the other hand, the London Plane Trees are useless--they don't do well here as they are misshapen with a lot of dead branches, and the leaves turn brown in September (versus P. racemosa which has some decent color in November). It needs a cooler wetter climate overall.