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Plant Name:

American Sycamore

Scientific Name:

Platanus occidentalis


American Sycamore is a large deciduous tree with distinctive mottled bark and broad, palmate leaves.


Riparian areas, floodplains, wetlands


Provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, small mammals, and insects. The tree's cavities serve as nesting sites for birds.

Growing Conditions:

Thrives in moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.


American Sycamore is often planted for shade and ornamental purposes. The wood is used for various applications, including furniture and veneer.

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Fun Facts:

American Sycamore is known for its striking white bark and large, round clusters of fruits that resemble small brown balls. The tree is often found along riverbanks and is a common sight in many riparian habitats.

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