Sycamore Tree

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American Sycamore/Platanus occidentalis Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Mature Height- 75-100 feet Mature Width-40-45' feet Bloom Season- Spring Sun or Shade- Sun
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Sycamore Tree — Platanus occidentalis

The Sycamore tree is most easily identified by its unique camouflage patterned bark. The grey to brown bark will peel to show off the creamy colored wood underneath. The trunk of this tree can be as large as 10 feet in diameter! The 4"-9" long leaves are broadly ovate with 3-5 lobes. They are a yellow-green on the top and paler underneath. In the fall, the leaves will turn a chocolaty brown. In the winter, it will produce small, fuzzy pikes that hide a gold ball sized seed cluster inside them. These seeds will hang onto the tree from 3"-6" long slender stem throughout the colder months and will fall to the ground in the spring. Found in zones 4-10, these impressive trees can grow to be 60'-100' high. They do best when planted in deep, rich soil that is moist and well drained.

The long-lived Sycamore tree can live to be 500-600 years old! The sycamore is a long-lived tree of ancient lineage. One of the oldest sycamore trees is thought to be at least 400 years old. This tree needs a lot of space to grow but rewards time and care with beautiful bark and deep shade. The sycamore is notoriously tolerant of pollution and salt, which is why it’s so often seen in cities. Sycamores grow into massive specimens. It is advised to keep this in mind when deciding where to plant them. They are very long-lived trees, so plant them where you want them forever. Many species of birds like to nest in sycamores. Squirrels are often seen climbing and sunning in the tops and higher limbs. Human families are also attracted by the cool shade and natural beauty afforded by the sycamore. The stately sycamore can become the focal point of a yard, and their mottled bark offers a gorgeous contrast to the typical grey trunks of companion trees.