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Sycamore, American or Amer. Planetree
Platanaceae - Sycamore
Leaves: Alternate; simple; 3" to 8" wide; deciduous; more or less deeply 3 to 5 lobed; margin of lobes coarsely serrate; bright green and glabrous above; paler and hairy along veins beneath; petioles 2" to 3" long, hollow at the base.
Twigs/buds: Twigs moderately slender; orange-brown; zigzag. No terminal bud; lateral buds conical, resinous, covered by a single cap-like scale and hidden under hollow petiole base.
Flowers/fruit: Monoecious. Flowers small in small round heads, appearing in spring. Fruit a round, yellow-brown head or ball about 1" in diameter that hangs from slender, 3" to 6" long stem; heads usually occur singly; often persists through the winter.
Bark: Brown on younger branches; soon becomes mottled (brown and white) as brown outer bark peels off, showing the creamy-white, smooth inner bark; bark on lower trunk of older trees brown and scaly; very distinctive.
Wood: Somewhat important; sapwood light yellow; heartwood light to dark brown; growth rings distinct; diffuse-porous; rays conspicuous to naked eye; used for boxes, furniture, railroad ties.
General: Native to most of the eastern U.S. and as far west as the eastern Great Plains. Usually found naturally along streams. Can get very large. Very shade intolerant. Fruit and/or plant part can be nuisances; use fruitless varieties if possible.
Landscape Use: This is a large tree that is planted in Utah but is easily confused with the London planetree, which is more common. Has a strong, pyramidal canopy when young with beautiful bark. Zones 4-9.
- Platanaceae - Sycamore
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