Platanus occidentalis

sycamore, American planetree


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 150 ft    Width: to 100 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Frequently used as a yard tree or as a shade tree in parks. Best used where its large size won't overwhelm the surroundings.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam


Native Habitats: Stream banks, in floodplains and bottomlands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

It's paint-chip white and brown-green bark provides winter interest.