Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis
Family: Platanaceae

Habitat:

Stream banks, flood plains, edges of lakes, and swamps

Location relative to water:

Rooted onshore

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Bark:

  • Smooth, puzzle piece bark
  • Peels off in thick flakes exposing green and brown patches

Leaves:

  • Broadly ovate: 10-20 cm long and wide (4-8 inches)
  • Three or five shallow, broad, pointed lobes
  • Wavy edges with scattered large teeth
  • Bright green above and pale beneath
  • Hairless except on veins

Form:

  • Thick, straight trunk, enlarged base, spreading branches into large open crown

Flowers and Fruit :

  • Tiny greenish, drooping flowers in one or two ball-like clusters
  • Fruit is one brown ball composed of many nutlets with hair tufts hanging on stalk in autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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