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Identify Common American Sycamore - The Major Sycamore Species


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Description and Identification of Sycamore
Sycamore - Identification Plate

Sycamore - Identification Plate

Common Names: American planetree, buttonwood, American sycamore, buttonball, and buttonball-tree

Habitat: America's largest broadleaf tree. It is a fast-growing and long-lived tree of lowlands and old fields.

Description: Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is a common tree and one of the largest in the eastern deciduous forest.

Uses: Sycamore is valuable for timber and is also widely planted as a shade tree.

Sycamore Wood Tech Sheet - USFS
Planetree in Central Park
Sycamore Photos - ForestryImages.Org
Historic Sycamore Photos - Library of Congress
Identify Syamore - Virginia Tech Dendrology

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