American Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis

Also called American Plane Tree, Eastern Sycamore or Buttonwood, this large deciduous tree is native to North America. The trees have distinctive exfoliating bark that flakes off in large, irregular pieces, which leaves a multi-colored, mottled surface of greenish-white, gray, and brown. The rigidity of the bark tissue, which cannot stretch to accommodate the growth of the wood, is the reason for the appearance of this particular bark.
Habitat:
Streambanks and bottomlands.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree growing to 45 m tall, with large branches.
Bloom Time:
Late spring to early summer.
Longevity:
Long-lived.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA ME MI MO MS NC NE NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:
ON