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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

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

American Sycamore Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Platanus occidentalis
Foliage Green
Mature Height 70 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 60 - 80 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Red and Yellow