The Sycamore, specifically the American Sycamore, is a deciduous tree that is native to Southern Ontario. It’s most easily identified through its bark.
- Height: 30 – 40 meters
- Diameter: 1.5 meters – 2 meters
- Soil: Moist
- Found in wetlands, along rivers and streams
- Need lots of room to grow
- Can grow in full sun or partial shade
- Seed pods are 2.5 cm in diameter and hang at the end of single thin stalk
- The American Sycamore is a fast growing symmetrical tree with a think canopy that can grow over 1.5 meters per year
- The bark of the American Sycamore can appear mottled as large thin flakes of bark are continuously falling off.
- Because of the tree’s growth sped, the bark cannot keep up with the pace the way that other tree species do
- Larger trunks may be hollow and the tree can form a secondary trunk close to the ground.
- The Sycamore tree gets its name from the Sycomore Fig Tree, from the Middle East, whose leaves and round seeds it resembles.
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