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Sycamore tree

Sycamore Trees

Beautiful, stately Sycamore's, they are our favorite tree. Massive hardwood trees with interesting maple-like lobed leaves and attractive exfoliating bark.

The American Sycamore or Western Planetree is North America's largest native broadleaf tree. Very fast growing, up to six feet a year and sun-loving.

Dangling seed balls hang on the tree through-out the winter and fall to the ground the next spring. These balls contain small fuzzy seeds that are easily germinated.

The tree does have high water requirements, in order to keep it healthy looking. Many Sycamore's around Las Cruces, NM tend to have leaf scorch because of the hot, dry summer temps and too little water.

Some varieties are better suited to the desert heat than others. "Arizona" and "Bloodgood" are usually good choices for the Southwest.

The Sycamore can get to up to 100 feet in height. Plant this tree in a large area where it will have room to grow, they are very long-lived and it would be a shame to cut it down just because it got too big.

Sycamore tree leaves
Sycamore tree, leaves
Sycamore tree seed pods
Sycamore seed pods
hybrid London Plane tree pods on right

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