Bark on the lower portion of the tree is reddish brown. Further up the tree, the bark is smooth and light gray. The bark peels, leaving patchy areas of gray, green, yellow, or brown.
The lobed leaves of American sycamore are huge, up to 12 inches across, and bright green. In the fall, the leaves turn brown before falling to the ground. The leaves are slow to decay.
Areas where American sycamore grows.
Map courtesy of U. S. Department of Agriculture