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Sycamore Trees

in the Northeast Florida Landscape

 ( Platanus occidentalis )

Sycamore ( Platanus occidentalis )Sycamore in St. Johns county Fl 

Sycamore Origins:


 - Native to North America


Sycamore Preferred Exposure:


 - Full sun to light shade


 Sycamore Foliage | Bark:


 - Deciduous foliage of the Sycamore tree has three to five lobes and is similar in appearance to a maple leaf except that it is a fair bit larger, up to 10 inches across, covering even the largest of human hands with all fingers outstretched.


 - Sycamore foliage is a light green color and may turn a yellowish tan in fall before falling off for the winter. ( not really a reliable source of fall color in our warm climate)


 - Perhaps the Sycamore trees greatest asset is its white bark that peels off in patches to reveal smooth new bark beneath adding a textural interest to the trees already showy large light green leaves.


- Sycamore seed pods are brown ball shaped clusters that hang on branches in the winter and are great for using in indoor fall decorations.


Sycamore Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:


- Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and a wide PH tolerance including highly alkaline. Great to plant into wet prolonged flood prone areas.


 - Sycamore trees have only moderate salt tolerance, able to be used within a block or two from direct salt spray.


Sycamore / Platanus occidentalis Size Variance:


 - can reach sizes of 70-90+ feet H | 50 -70+ feet W depending on how many trunks are allowed to develop when young


 Sycamore Growth Habit:


 - upright narrow almost a Christmas tree shape when younger, taller than it is wide but spreading out to eventually form a more rounded appearance with age


 Sycamore Growth Rate:


 - extremely fast growth rate, perhaps the fastest growing shade tree for the North Florida area landscape.


Sycamore / Platanus occidentalis Blooms:


 - red inconspicuous bloom is followed by large ball shaped seed pods in winter that hang on bare branches.


 Sycamore Water Requirements:


 - Supplemental irrigation may be necessary in extremely well drained areas


Butterfly or Bird Attracting:


- n/a


 Best Uses For Sycamore / Platanus occcidentalis:


 - Sycamore trees are a good choice for poorly draining areas where room allows for the massive mature size of these trees. Also tolerant of high PH soils that cause problems for other trees.

 - Allow plenty of room when planting as roots will cause damage to surrounding hardscape if planted to close.


Care of Sycamore:


 - Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.


 - They will need good water during the establishment period and supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers.


 - Prune dead or weakened branches each summer as needed when young and thin branches to approximately 2 ft apart for best appearance.


- Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.


 - Fertilize each spring with a mixture of milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree


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