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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


Plant Facts

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

American Sycamore.

Rating: 4.5/5 based on 16 review(s)
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Need Space Review by Large Tree
10 years and mine (3) are about 30-40 feet tall and 20 ft wide. They are next to a walk and hopefully do not destroy it. Messy but very shady. Squirrels eat the seeds too.
Wow Fast Grower Really Review by Dirty Harry
After loosing our most beautiful & tallest American Sycamore Tree we had on our front yard due to a disease 10 yrs ago. So i purchased this American Sycamore Tree bare root on 03/08/2016 which was 5 ft tall. Since than i have been feeding it approx every month Root Starter 3 tablespoons to 1 Gal of H2o. Now 07/25/2016 it is 8 ft tall & lots of branches & leaves looks marvelous. I'll be ready this Fall for yet another one.
San Antonio,Texas
Grew a lot first year Review by Duez
Planted mine last april and it stayed dormant a while which is expected. It grew probably 4 feet over the year and survived the winter.
Love Sycamores! Review by Peter Martin
Fast shade is good! Live in the shade, Buy a rake. Put the kids to work, Buy a leaf grinder, Start a compost pile. Go green.
Grows really fast Review by Nikki227
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.

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