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Sycamore, American Planetree
|Size:||70-150 ft tall by and up to 100 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Deciduous. Blooms spring (inconspicuous). Fruits ripen late summer. Bark is very white late fall through winter. Life span - 75+ years.|
|Noted for:||Interesting bark, Fall color, Showy fruits, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Frequently used as a yard tree or as a shade tree in parks. Best used where its large size won't overwhelm the surroundings.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Quality nurseries|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Native Habitats:||Stream banks, in floodplains and bottomlands.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
It's paint-chip white and brown-green bark provides winter interest.
The natural range is from north Florida into southern Canada. This species has been planted well south of its range and is occasionally collected from places (such as the median of I-75, near old homesites, and near mine reclaimation areas) where it likely got there due to man's activities. It has also been widely planted in mined areas.