Growing Sycamore Trees In The Yards
Sycamore trees (Platanus occidentalis) make handsome shade trees for large landscapes. The most striking feature of the tree is the bark that has a camouflage pattern comprised of gray-brown outer bark that peels off in patches to reveal the light gray or white wood beneath. Older trees often have solid, light gray trunks. Sycamore trees produce large leaves that have a distinctive deep green. These plumes of leaves grow on branches that can reach up to 175 feet tall. As the leaves measure up to 6 inches long, a fully grown sycamore tree can be one of the densest trees in appearance. These leaves turn yellow in the fall, making for a beautiful touch of color at the end of the growing season. Small animals, such as squirrels, regularly make sycamore trees their home due to the warped, twisting branches. Sycamore trees thrive in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 9. This includes all of the Western U.S., including California and Oregon.
Sycamore trees are often found in areas where there is a lot of moisture, such as along areas of deep river banks, lakes and streams. These trees are not drought-tolerant, so it’s important to plant sycamore trees in areas where they will always have water. The high growth period for sycamore trees is from the spring to late summer. Sycamore trees require a moderate amount of balanced fertilizer each fall for best growth.