California Sycamore - Platanus racemosa
Sycamores are most easily recognized by their bark, and this species is no exception. The bark is mottled on younger branches, and furrowed on old trunks. The fruits are also distinctive, resembling little fuzzy balls. The long leaves are deeply lobed, somewhat like a maple, and are light above when young and pale on the underside. Old trees can reach a hundred feet in height and live to 200 years. This is a tree of moist habitat, and is most common along the central to southern California coasts in canyons and streamsides, to elevations of more than 4,000 feet.