American Sycamore Tree Facts
What Does an American Sycamore Tree Look Like?
American Sycamores have a wide dome-shaped canopy that is very dense. Sycamore leaves are similar to maple tree leaves, having 3 to 5 lobes, but the leaf tends to be bigger with less definition between the lobes. Sycamores leaves are alternate (a single leaf is attached at each node) in arrangement while maples are opposite (two leaves are paired together at each node. Because of its rapid growth rate it has a unique peeling bark with a jigsaw puzzle pattern and colors ranging from white, gray, tan, and green to brown, orange, and red. The branches grow in a unique zigzag pattern.
How Fast Does an American Sycamore Tree Grow?
How Long Does an American Sycamore Tree Live?
When to Plant an American Sycamore Tree
How to Plant and Grow the American Sycamore Tree
Dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball and place your tree in the middle of the hole. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the soil line. Before backfilling the soil fill the hole with water. Allow the water to absorb and then fill the hole back in with soil and water again thoroughly. Gently tamp the soil down to remove air pockets. Put about 2 inches of mulch around your new American Sycamore Tree to reduce watering needs, keep weeds at bay, and protect the roots. Keep the soil moist with deep waterings for the first few months. This will help the roots establish quickly and grow deeply.
This tree is extremely adaptable and native to the United States so it is quite easy to grow. Sycamores grow in full sun and any soil, even tolerating wet areas. Feed this shade tree when planting and in early spring with a slow release fertilizer. If needed prune your tree when it is dormant in winter or early spring. This tree is very hardy and pollution, drought, and salt tolerant.