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Sycamore Tree, Plantanus Occadentalis
The Sycamore Tree is very easy to grow and transplanting is not difficult. It can grow up to 130 feet easily and sometimes the old trees have hollow trunks. It has a very large trunk diameter. It has maple shaped leaves which turn brown during fall. Moist soil is the most suited one for the Sycamore Tree. Drier areas may shorten its lifespan. They are great for city conditions like the sidewalk where the oxygen is low in the soil and pH is high. It is not just a shade tree or a street tree but it’s hard, split resistant wood is used in making furniture as well. It is also grown for timber. The Sycamore Trees wide canopy makes it a great shade tree on the street and parks. It has interesting foliage which attracts birds and hence adds to its interest factor.
The American sycamore or western planetree is North America’s largest native broadleaf tree and is often planted in yards and parks. It’s hybridized cousin, the London planetree, adapts very well to urban living. The “improved” sycamore is New York City’s tallest street tree and is the most common tree in Brooklyn, New York
The Sililoqouy of the Sycamore Tree
The mighty American sycamore tree grows rapidly reaching heights of over 130 feet, towering above the rest with branches reaching out and upward. Generally, a sycamore reaches around six and a half feet in circumference, but the largest recorded measured a staggering 44 feet and some odd inches. Its leaves are as large as child’s face; fuzzy on the back with a lighter green than the yellow green of the top.
It isn’t unusual to find the American sycamore tree with a split or hollow trunk. The tree has dense, fibrous roots that can often be seen above ground near the trunk. The branches create an uneven, large, spreading canopy. This tree sings a unique song with so many interesting characteristics, but its yearly bark shedding in order to grow may be the best known. This occurs because the bark is not as elastic as other trees so it cannot simply stretch or crack, it is shed completely during the growth process. Bark on both limbs and trunk is subject to being shed. The resulting variegated appearance is the hallmark of this tree.
In May the tree flowers with the leaves and are small and unobtrusive. Their petals are small, scale like petals and the flower sports green and red colors. These must be sought out to see and can easily go unnoticed.
By October, the American sycamore tree has grown fruit that is a favorite among school children. They drop mainly in single stemmed tightly packed balls of achenes that are less than half an inch in length. Sometimes they form as pairs and rarely as clusters. Many a youngster has tested their strength, throwing them onto the pavement with all their might in an effort to get the ball to explode and send the achenes floating off into the air. But these fruit are tough to break and often remain on the tree throughout winter.
Zone – 3-9
Mature Height: 70 ft.
Mature Width: 50 ft.
Growth/Year: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils, drought tolerant
Botanical Name: Platanus Occidentalis
Ships As – Bareroot Plant
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2-3 Feet In Height When Received, 3-4 Feet In Height When Received, 4-5 Feet In Height When Received
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