Platanus occidentalis (Sycamore)

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Platanus occidentalis (Sycamore) is a charming tree with its huge leaves and its brown bark giving way to a white mottled bark towards the top.  An excellent tree for medium to wet soils that grow fast and lives to be up to 250 years!!!!  A common landscaping tree of parks it also works well in yards where you have the room to let this tree thrive.  Commonly found in wet floodplains, swamps, and wet forests in natural areas in Illinois.

  • Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
  • Soil Conditions Wet-Mesic, Mesic
  • Mature Height 60'-140'


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