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From a centerpiece for native gardens to a well-behaved yet fast-growing shade tree, the sycamore offers many possibilities for the landscape. The American native sycamore grows best in a large, wild garden. Its trunk bark peels in large sheets, exposing pale color underneath that is visible from a distance, for winter interest. Sycamores produce spurred seedballs that persist on the tree through winter. They prefer a moist soil but will tolerate some drought, air pollution, and alkaline soil.

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Sycamore Tree

From a centerpiece for native gardens to a well-behaved yet fast-growing shade tree, the sycamore offers many possibilities for the landscape. The American native sycamore grows best in a large, wild garden. Its trunk bark peels in large sheets, exposing pale color underneath that is visible from a distance, for winter interest. Sycamores produce spurred seedballs that persist on the tree through winter. They prefer a moist soil but will tolerate some drought, air pollution, and alkaline soil.

genus name
  • Platanus occidentalis
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
height
  • 20 feet or more
width
  • To 70 feet wide
season features
problem solvers
special features
zones
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
propagation

Sycamore Tree

From a centerpiece for native gardens to a well-behaved yet fast-growing shade tree, the sycamore offers many possibilities for the landscape. The American native sycamore grows best in a large, wild garden. Its trunk bark peels in large sheets, exposing pale color underneath that is visible from a distance, for winter interest. Sycamores produce spurred seedballs that persist on the tree through winter. They prefer a moist soil but will tolerate some drought, air pollution, and alkaline soil.

genus name
  • Platanus occidentalis
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
height
  • 20 feet or more
width
  • To 70 feet wide
season features
problem solvers
special features
zones
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
propagation

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