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Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis
Available Size: 4-6′

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Description

Type: Deciduous tree

Family: Platanaceae

Height:75-100 feet

Spread: 75-100 feet

Native Range: Southeastern US, statewide in Missouri

Ideal Site Requirements:

Soil: average, well-drained but prefers richer soils

Water: medium to wet

Sunlight needs:  full sun

Tolerates: wet soil, air pollution

Landscape use: shade tree, rain garden, but not appropriate for small sites

Brief Description: Very large usually single-stemmed tree, with trunk diameters up of 3-8’. Heights up to 150’ and trunk diameters of 16’ have been recorded. Brown bark exfoliates to mottled white, has large leaves and fruiting balls.

Possible Problems: Sycamore anthracnose is a significant disease that can severely damage the foliage and twigs, often precipitating premature leaf drop. Canker, leaf spot and powdery mildew may also occur. Insect visitors include borers, scale, Japanese beetles, caterpillars and mites. When grown as a lawn tree, litter from twigs, large leaves, bark and fruiting balls can pose significant clean-up problems.

Stand out Features: Large tree for a large space, generally considered too large and messy for street tree use.

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