Columbia Sycamore

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Exquisite Color on Textured Bark Columbia Sycamore

  • Wonderful Shade Tree
  • Perfect Formal Growth Habit
  • Distinctive Large Leaves
  • Winter Interest
  • Improved Plane Tree
  • Highly Disease Resistant Variety
  • Tolerates Urban Conditions
  • Can Be Used in Low-Lying Areas With Moist Soil
  • Supports Birds and Butterflies
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Cold Hardy

With their intricate, highly colored, exfoliating bark; dignified Sycamore trees bring so much interest in a landscape. One of the best varieties is the disease-resistant Colombia Sycamore (Platanus acerifolia 'Columbia).

The trunk soars straight upright. Overall, the tree has a formal, narrow and erect form that suits the sensibilities of modern landscapes.

Gorgeous mottled bark displays silvery gray-brown with peeling patches of white, green and orange. You'll be simply fascinated by these trees, like so many other people over the centuries.

You'll also love the impact of the large, deeply lobed Sycamore leaves. They cast delicious shade for your outdoor activities and their rough texture will really stand out.

Columbia develops into a statement shade tree that will turn heads in each season. It features striking good looks, beautiful leaves that turn golden for fall and a desirable tall, narrow growth habit.

It's also an easy-care, reliable tree that can be grown in the heart of the city. Widely adaptable for a variety of landscapes across the country, Columbia Sycamore is a first-rate choice. And it's highly resistant to anthracnose and mildew.

Order yours today! Bequeath this long-lived tree to future generations as a marvelous legacy.

How to Use Columbia Sycamore in the Landscape

Of course, you'll love the refreshing shade and overall form of this appealing pyramidal tree in summertime. But this special tree is also fabulous in wintertime.

This large tree is perhaps best used in wide open areas. Give it room to spread to its full size without hindrance. In a short time, it will become a gorgeous specimen for you.

Do yourself a favor, and plant it at least 30 feet from paved concrete. Consider mulching underneath and using shade-tolerant shrubs underneath to boost the visual appeal and keep it easy to maintain.

All trees should be used correctly for best results. Columbia Sycamore is no exception. Give it the room it needs and site it correctly. You'll be thrilled with it.

This is a great feature tree for use in a Rain Garden. It can grow in periodically moist soil, so leverage it to help filter runoff from roofs and streets before it flows into storm drains.

Columbia Sycamore makes a memorable shade tree when planted on the south or southwest portion of your lot. It will reduce your energy bills and improve the quality of your life outdoors.

If you have the room, try several in an informal group in a "rough area" along the back edge of your property. You'll gain a lovely view and support the needs of your local birds and butterflies.

While young, limb up the lower branches to raise the canopy high enough to walk underneath. You can also allow them to remain on the tree for additional screening.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Columbia Sycamore in full sun, with rich soil. It tolerates clay and periodically wet soils. However, once established, it will adapt to a very wide array of soil types.

It can grow in areas with high levels of environmental salt, alkaline soil, smog and pollution. Heat tolerant and cold hardy, the Colombia is truly a symbol of grace under pressure.

Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Prune in late winter to correct shape.

Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release organic formula. Follow label instructions for application rates.

We're proud to offer this magnificent tree for sale. Order Columbia Sycamore from the expert growers at Nature Hills today.

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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 .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Platanus acerifolia 'Columbia'
Mature Height 50-60'
Mature Spread 40'
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Summer