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Platanus occidentalis /Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis  / Platanus occidentalis
Large, coarse leaves of the sycamore
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Large, coarse leaves of the sycamore

Close-up image of leaves in late summer showing blemishes

Foliage and a hanging seed pod

Handsome white bark of a multi-trunked tree

White bark in winter on a dormant tree

Specimen tree

Canopy of a tree growing near a body of water

Typical form of a large mature tree

Close-up image of sycamore foliage

Street tree

Close-up image of sycamore leaves

Typical form of a large tree

A specimen with unusually low branches

Typical tree form as a mature specimen in mid summer

Interesting trunk in late spring

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Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis
Common Name: Sycamore
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Comments: This is a fast growing deciduous tree for the first ten years. The leaves are large and pose a problem in well maintained landscapes because they drop over an extended period. The anthracnose disease is very serious in the South and there are concerns about whether this tree should be planted because of the disease. Surely one of the most admired features of this tree is the handsome white bark when trees are in winter dormancy.