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Platanus occidentalis

American sycamore

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Features

  • FruitsDecember
  • Height15m to 25m
  • Spread15m to 21m
  • Growth HabitTall thin oval
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore). This is a large tree with a broad open habit. The bark is creamy-white, the leaves have 5-7 lobes and are deeply cut about 4-8 inches wide, bright green and toothed. The fruits are ball-shaped and borne 3 to a cluster. They will tolerate most soils.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Origin

E & S United States

Interest and use

Specimen, bark and interesting leaves

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Rich, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will need deep, rich well-drained soil in a sunny site and can be transplanted.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by layering.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to the fungal disease plane anthracnose, except P.orientalis. Foliage prone to lacebugs.

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