Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis
Type of Plant: Very large sized deciduous (loses its leaves for the winter) tree.
Description: It is an extremely fast growing shade tree and is distinguished from other trees by its mottled exfoliating bark, which flakes off leaving trunk and branches greenish-white, gray and brown. Their beautiful leaves are a bright yellow/green color and are 4-9” in size. A sycamore can grow to massive proportions. Height is typically 98-130 feet, but some have measured up to 167 feet tall.
Climate Requirements: It is a very hardy tree and it is often found in wetland areas. It is also adaptable to a big city environment.
Care Requirements: Recommend fertilizing 2x a year.
Special Needs: None
Special Uses/Attributes: If you are looking for an extremely fast growing densely covered by big beautiful and vibrant leaves, then the sycamore may be just what you’re looking for. It grows to a nice mature size quickly and will give you that instant shade you are looking for, but also gives you the sunlight you long for in the winter months when it goes dormant. You have the best of both worlds with the sycamore tree!
Florida Native: No