Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore, American Planetree

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium-fast: 1.5-2' per year.
Mature Height - 75-100'
Mature Width - 75-100'
Longevity - Long: many survive 350 years.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Yellow green 1" ball-like clusters: late May-early June
Fruit - A spherical collection of seeds borne on a 3-6" stalk. Each seed is tiny, winged, and 0.5" long; maturing in November, disseminating in late winter.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Tan to brown: unrewarding
Bark - Gray-brown: mottled patchy exfoliating on upper trunk showing white to creamy inner layers.
Other Features - In native situation along water is impressive in landscape.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Native in bottomlands, along river and stream banks: grows best in deep, moist, rich soils with good ground water in full sun. Transplants easily. Moderately drought and salt tolerant
Native Habitat - Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas. Introduced 1640.
Diseases and Insects - Anthracnose is severe; leaf spot; does not usually kill tree.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Sycamore.
- Other plants of the family Passifloraceae.
- Other plants of the genus Platanus.
- Other plants of the species Platanus occidentalis.