American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Feature Tree American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) This native tree can be seen along rivers and larger streams throughout PA and many other states. It grows very large attaining heights of over 100 feet and also spreads of 50 -75 feet. The uses for this tree include riparian plantings or park plantings, especially natural areas. A hybrid of American and Oriental Sycamore is much better suited for landscape plantings or used as street trees. This is the London Plane (PlatanusXAcerifolia). The native Sycamore usually will leaf out quite late due to a fungal leaf disease called Anthracnose. This disease seldom harms the tree but can cause an unsightly appearance at times. A variety of London Plane , called Bloodgood is highly resistant to this disease. All Sycamore species are highly resistant to road salt, drought, and insect pests. They are very long lived, but older trees may suffer some storm damage. This species also transplants quite easily and are available in bare root or balled and burlap forms. Fall color is non-existent as leaves will turn brown with frost and fall. The leaves are slow to decompose. Only plant these trees where you have adequate room below ground as well as overhead. The growth rate is relatively fast. If you have a demanding site with a lot of space this is an excellent choice.