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American Sycamore

Massive, Fast-Growing Shade Tree


The American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is one of the largest and oldest North American native trees.  Its exceptionally rapid growth and immense size makes it an excellent choice as a central focal point in your yard or perhaps as a border tree.  It’s tolerant of air pollution, so this tree would even thrive on a city lot.
 
Sycamores can be massive, growing to over 100 feet tall and with a crown of 70 feet in diameter.  They have the largest diameter of any American hardwood, in some cases growing over 10 feet.  This spectacular tree’s symmetrical canopy will provide you with a cool spot to sit through those hot summer days in a fraction of the time other shade trees require.   
 
The white bark of the Sycamore tends to peel off in places, creating a unique mottled look that is sure to draw attention to your yard in any season.  Many people consider them self-pruning as you will rarely see the unsightly dead branches common to the canopies of other landscape trees.  The unneeded wood from your Sycamore will even make excellent mulch for your flower beds.
 
Native Americans used Sycamores for many medicinal purposes, and the seed balls are prized by crafters today.  The Sycamore decorates itself for winter with 1 inch brown spiky balls hanging from 3-6 inch “threads”.  These seed balls will appear all over your tree.  In the spring they will fall to the ground, ready to be made into holiday ornaments, wreaths, bird feeders…whatever your imagination can create.
 
With an expected age of 250 years or more, planting a Sycamore is like leaving a legacy for the generations to come.


* Fast-Growing
* Massive size
* Long lived
* Decorative seed pods

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Grows really fast Review by Nikki227
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My american sycamore outgrew my autumn blaze maple. And the autumn blaze was 2 years older. I think it's a great addition to my yard.
Great! Review by Tom
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This is a really fast growing tree with really interesting bark.
SYCAMORE TREE, American Review by Doris Spooner
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The tree's negative aspect is the fact that is has small round balls, walnut size, that drop in February and March and it is almost impossible to walk in the yard because of them, for fear of stepping on one and causing a fall to the ground. It certainly is very hardy and is a good shade tree.
A Great Tree Review by Tim
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American Sycamore trees do shed bark and twigs and an occasional small branch. They also produce LOTS of leaves in the Fall. However, the good far outways the bad, and I don't consider raking leaves or picking up twigs a "bad thing." They grow extremely fast (Autumn blaze has nothing on these). American Sycamores can each 65 feet tall in 20 years. They provide great shade. Wildlife love them. They smell wonderful in the Fall. They also have nice tall, straight trunks that allow the grass to grow beneath them, unlike sweetgum and maple trees that tend to kill the grass beneath them. I have always loved Sycamore trees since childhood. I am probably going to plant two in my backyard.
Wear helmet while mowing Review by Stonehouse
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I have 3 very old sycamore trees and would love to see them gone. 147 bags of leaves my first fall...their larger thand dinner plates. And the branches...OMG...constantly falling, and I am not talking twigs, in spite of the hundreds I spend on :cutting out the dead wood. These things are enourmous..I fear for my life on a windy day!!! Beautiful funiture is yours if you can cut them down! Heck, the wood does not burn well either.

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Plant Facts

Family Platanus occidentalis
Foliage Green
Mature Height 70 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 60 - 80 feet
Soil Well Drained
Zones 4-9
Moisture Prefers Moist
Mature Form Broad, Round
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Not Showy
Fall Color Tan to Brown

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