Sycamore Tree- Platanus occidentalis Live Stakes
Sycamore trees are the largest tree in the Eastern United States. The tree can grow 75 to 100 feet tall, and a spread of 40 to 70 feet in width. It has a growth rate of 2 feet per year. The Sycamore trees trunk often divides into secondary trunks that branch up. These trunks gave the tree a unique focal point in the winter. The bark of the tree is a creamy white with molted reddish-brown patches. The leaves of the tree are broad with five lobes and pointed tips. The leaves are dark green in the spring and summer, but turn bright yellow in autumn. The domed canopy of the tree is dense making it a perfect choice for a shade tree. The tree forms fruit in the shape brown woody balls in October that stays on the tree throughout the winter.
The tree is a good tree to use as a shade for your yard. Due to its large size, and aggressive root system it may not be the best tree for urban development. It is best to plant a sycamore at least 15 feet away from the house or sidewalk. The tree is also a good nesting area for hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and hawks. The wood of the tree is sturdy and durable. The Native Americans used this wood for canoes. Now it is used to make furniture.
Sycamores grow in hardiness zones 4 through 10. The tree can grow in full or partial sunlight. The tree will grow in any soil, but it prefers rich soil that is well drained. Water the tree when it is young, after the first few years it will be able to handle small droughts. The tree can be pruned to thin the canopy, for the health of the tree, or to keep the tree small. It is best to prune in the autumn.