Type: Deciduous tree
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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