Sycamore - Platanus Occidentalis
Grand Ole Sycamore Tree
The Sycamore Tree is one of the oldest known species of deciduous trees on Earth. Several varieties of the tree is known for its lush foliage and its large thick green leaves that produce ample shade. Known for its longevity and hardiness in adverse weather conditions. It is a quick grower that can withstand pollution and soils with a high salt content. Due to its rapid rate of growth and potential size, it is best to plant away from any structures or sidewalks. Some Sycamore trees can reach heights of nearly 175 feet.
The leaves of the Sycamore can grow to 6 inches or more give the tree a very full and ample appearance. In the fall, the foliage will change to yellow. A beautiful transformation of color to signify the changing of the seasons.
The North American Sycamore can most commonly be found in the United States and parts of Canada. It can be identified by its unique bark which varies in color from greyish green to whitewashed and has a reasonably smooth, flaky texture that can molt off in large patches.
Also known as the 'Buttonwood Tree,' the terms of the New York Stock Exchange known as the "Buttonwood Agreement" were signed under a Sycamore tree located at 68 Wall Street, New York City in 1792. The Sycamore is a constant inspiration for poetry, musical lyrics, and literature.
As a child, growing up I remember the giant Sycamore in my neighbor's yard. The fun we had swinging away on the tire swing suspended high above the ground on one of its massive branches. I will never forget the sound of the wind rustling the leaves as we enjoyed every last summer day in the shade provided.
The Sycamore tree is an iconic addition to any landscape.
Sycamore prefers wetter soils than some other trees. Although it does well in wetter soils, it is drought tolerant as well. During the fall months, its dense leaves turn golden yellows and eventually fall to the ground the colder it gets.