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Platanus occidentalis

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 75'-100' +

Bloom Time: March, April

Bloom Color: yellow, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: shade tree, showy fruit

Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
  • Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
  • Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
  • Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
  • Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)

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Description

Platanus occidentalis

Also known as:

American sycamore

,

sycamore

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

A stately shade tree who's trunk is the largest of any north American hardwoods, with old growth trees having been know to reach a diameter of 16'. Ornamental whitish bark peels in plaques, revealing tender green trunks.

Cultivation

Tolerant of airborne pollutants, it tends to be too large and messy for use in urban environments.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Possibly Extirpated: ME

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Hamamelididae
Order Hamamelidales
Family Platanaceae Plane-tree family
Genus Platanus sycamore
Species Platanus occidentalis American sycamore