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Sycamore, American

Sycamore, American

Platanus occidentalis L. 

Family: Platanaceae

2-3 ft height at sale, bare root

Native to Vermont

Sourced from MI


Great shade tree. Fall: Yellow

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft)

    30 - 70

    Mature Width (ft)

    65 - 80

    Mature Height (ft)

    75 - 100

    Annual Growth Rate (in)

    32 - 72

    Sun Preference

    Full Sun

    Soil Type

    Clay, Sand, or Loam

    Soil Moisture


  • Description

    American Sycamore is commercially grown for rough lumber and pulp. It is a widespread species native to a large portion of the US. 


    This tree grows fast and has large leaves, and is a great choice for a large shade tree. It can be planted in poor-quality soils, disturbed sites, near banks, and runoff areas. This tree is very tolerant of flooding. 


    In Windham County, VT, there is an American Sycamore with a height of 115 ft and a circumference of 202 inches. To report a Big Tree in Vermont, look at photos of giant trees, or to track one down to visit, see Vermont's Big Trees.

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