The tree's exfoliating bark provides another significant feature, making it easily identifiable. In mature trees the bark peels back naturally to reveal cream-colored or green-tinged trunks. The plant's seed pods are also easily distinguishable. Clusters of two to seven seed balls emerge on trees in late summer, after the less significant flowers fade. The seed balls disintegrate and release small seeds, which are consumed by wildlife.
In summer, this tall shade tree's wide leaves make it an attractive, and practical, addition to the landscape. The leaves are dark green and lobed with course edges. Though this tree does not provide a dramatic autumnal presence, its bark and stature provide winter interest.
Sycamore grow best in large spaces. The tree does withstand urban pollutants and can thrive in urban areas.
In southeastern areas of the United States, the tree does well in rain gardens or other areas with moisture. In the western United States, the California Sycamore also prefers moisture but will withstand drought once mature.
As an indigenous plant, the tree's wood has been put to practical use by Native Americans and Europeans. The tree has a history of being used for canoes, musical instruments and building materials. Currently, the tree grows in both natural and planned landscapes.
American Sycamore/Platanus occidentalis Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Mature Height- 75-100 feet Mature Width-40-45' feet Bloom Season- Spring Sun or Shade- Sun
Ships In Fall (Near End of October)