Plants for Summer: Trees


Platanus occidentalis

Common name: American Sycamore
Zones of hardiness: 4 to 9
Height & width: 75 to 100’ high on average and similar or larger spread
Leaves: Alternate, simple, triangular and broad, medium to dark green, 3 or 5 lobed, toothed; 4 to 9” wide
Origin: Europe

Quite similar in appearance to the Platanus x acerifolia (a parent tree to the Sycamore), the differences are subtle yet recognizable through closer observation. The first distinction is its spread: the Sycamore canopy is slightly larger, ranging in width from 75 to 100’. The diameter of the trunk is typically 3 to 8’ wide and upwards. The leaf is broader, with smaller lobes and shallow sinuses.