American Sycamore Tree

American Sycamore Tree

The American Sycamore Tree is a popular urban landscape shade tree and attracts a lot of attention from its massive height and spread.

Many sycamore trees are nearly 100 feet tall with a 75 foot diameter canopy.

They are sometimes called Buttonwood Trees from their ball-shaped fruits. These fruits are the cause of some distress in the urban and suburban environments and have caused many to opt for the hybrid 2nd cousin, the London Planetree, Platanus x. acerifolia.

One of the most distinctive features of the sycamore tree is its mottled bark that almost appears as a camouflage-type pattern. It is very attractive and is also one of the features of the London Planetree.

And of all of the native American trees, it is the mighty Sycamore that holds the record for the broadest trunk (10 foot diameter at 4 feet off the ground!).

Their huge leaves and wide spread make them very easy to spot in the forested or park landscapes.

The American Sycamore can be found from the west to the east coast of the U.S., with little showing the far northern states

Sycamore Tree Facts

Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis
Region: North America
Height: 75-90 feet
Spread: 50-75 feet
Leaf Length & Color: 8-12 inches, green
Fall Leaf Color: Yellow
Unique Characteristics: Attractive mottled bark and clusters of round balled fruit;
Massive leaves and tree size make it beautiful…and high-maintenance.

The sycamore tree is an awe-inspiring native American tree. And if you come by it in the forest, you’ll likely stop and marvel.

If you have one in your yard, you’ll likely have a lot of lawn clean-up!