Sycamore Overview

Description 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
Common Name Sycamore
Plant Type Tree
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 20 to 20 feet
Width null to 70 feet
Season Features Winter Interest
Special Features Attracts Birds
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant, Good For Privacy, Slope/Erosion Control

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