American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) grows, on average, 60 to 100 feet tall. American sycamore, which is a deciduous tree, grows well in moist soil conditions such as marshy areas along a river or pond to help prevent soil erosion. The height and width of mature American sycamore makes it a great choice as a shade tree in landscape design. The sycamore shown above is growing in a buffer area along the shore of river.
 
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.