American sycamore - Platanaceae Platanus occidentalis

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PLOC

Taxonomy

FamilyPlatanaceae
GenusPlatanus
Speciesoccidentalis
Common NameAmerican sycamore
iTree CodePLOC

Plant Form

FormTree: tall, large crown
Height100 feet
Spread60 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagelobed (like maple), dark/shiny green, coarse toothed edge, 4-8” wideLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkmottled brown/white/green, flaking/patchy & creamy/white smooth underneath
Budfalse terminal bud, single bud-cap, lateral buds hidden under leaf-stemBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigslender, red-brown
Flowerboth male and female on single tree; male- yellow, female-red
Fruitround “ball” (achene) of many tightly packed seeds, persists in winter
Fall Colorbrown

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4aMin4.9SoilIntolerant
Max9bMax6.5SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateModerateNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Mexico