Platanus occidentalis - American Sycamore
A stately presence with a distinct pyramidal form, this massive growing tree features huge, trident-shaped foliage and a platy, patchy bark that shows off in winter with brown, orange, green, and white colors. A strong seed producer that supports native songbirds with food and nesting.
- Tolerant of wet soil
- Perfect for nesting native birds
- A massive presence in the native landscape
- Outstanding foliage and winter bark color show
- A strong seed producer for native songbirds
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
The American Sycamore trunk can reach massive diameters - more than any other native hardwood! Typically the trunk reaches diameters between 3-8', but some trees have been reported to reach a diameter of more than 15'.
Grows well in medium to wet, humus-rich, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade.