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American Sycamore

American Sycamore

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American Sycamores are great, if you need shade in a hurry. They grow up to 6 feet a year, and they're the most adaptable sycamore tree you can find.

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American Sycamore

The Fastest Growing Sycamore

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The American Sycamore is very popular for residential landscaping because of its fast growth (up to 6 ft. a year) and thick canopy... which provides tons of shade.

You can count on your American Sycamore to quickly grow into a symmetrical shade tree or ornamental tree. Just plant and watch it grow!

The tree's many branches develop large green palmate leaves that turn to gold in the fall. Its dense leaves make it an excellent shade provider for your home… big leaves drop when the weather cools, allowing in plenty of sun when you need it most!

And it's so easy to grow!

• Adaptable to most soils
• Thrives in both warm and cold climates
• Grows just about anywhere, even harsh environments
• Just plant it in the ground and add water

This Sycamore develops smooth, white bark in the winter, adding additional seasonal interest.

Plant one in your own yard and say good-bye to sweltering summer afternoons.

Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 70 ft.
Mature Width: 50 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Platanus occidentalis
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-9
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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

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We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your American Sycamore can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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It's Easy to Plant your American Sycamore

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Sycamore.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Sycamore gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Sycamore again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Skylar in Olathe, KS
I like the sycamore tree a lot. It has lots of wonderful green leaves and a pretty bark with patches of white and the brown bark. It really reminds me of Colorado, I feel like Im in the mountains whenever I stand under it.

By: paul
love it

By: ken
it has not seemed to get any bigger in the year that we have had it and we got it because it is supposed to be a fast growing tree.

By: Alan
Bought two small trees, came as small sticks with a pair of small leaves each. Both are growing well after three months. One more so than the other. Have to water these trees liberally, they needs lots of water. Both trees are 7 to 8 feet and have several leaves the size of dinner plates. How's that for a shady future.

By: Cynthia Westbrook
Both trees are doing well and growing great. We have had a couple of years of very hot weather in North Texas and are in a drought right now but they are thriving.

By: Wayne Bradley
We bought two American Sycamore trees to replace two that were killed by deer. The trees were intended to provide quick shade on our house after the neighbor's house burned down. After three years we are really satisfied with the trees which have finally begun providing shade.

By: Jennifer Alderson
Of the many trees I have purchased from FGT.com, the American Sycamore is not my favorite, but it seems to be growing strong. In my experience, you cannot go wrong with anything you buy from here!

By: Alan Whiteman
We bought the tree before winter of 2011 and I was concerned because it had lost all of its leaves and wasn't growing at all. However, today (Spring 2012) the tree has a gorgeous foliage of green leaves and it is looking very healthy and beautiful. It's taking off real nicely.

By: John
Fast grower, seveenteen feet and growing in 3 years,was shipped a stick of 3 feeet with one leaf thought was a scam but with a drip system has turned out quite well, summers here are 90 to 105 and winters get just shy of 32 but mostly 35, good quality grower would buy again

By: Margaret Chamberlin
Our sycamore tree is beautiful. It has easily doubled in size since we planted it and continues to grow visably everyday. We love it.

By: Rick
The top of my tree appeared dead but when I scratched further down it was still green. It has since started to grow rapidly and has lots of leaves. It is growing fast considering I haven;t had it for very long. It appears to be in good health.

By: Val Basten
Nice tree, I really like sycamores. I planted my tree about a year ago and it is doing well. It survived shipping fine and perked up after planting quite quickly.

By: Peggy
We have had our Sycamore for about 2 years now and it is a very pretty tree. Even with the droughts we are having here in Texas it has already grown over my head.

By: lou
grew good

By: Ralph Baker Sr.
Receieved the tree in very good shape.
Planted the tree the next day. The tree has grown to 16 ft high and looks good.

By: Betty Rock
Planted two trees just a couple of days ago. They were package well and arrived in good form. They look great in may yard. Will order again. Love this tree.

By: Jeremy
Great growth. has tripled in size in 4 years. shallow roots initially, so make sure you anchor well.

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Is this an invasive tree?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: Nope.
Reply · JOSE R on Jun 4, 2014
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does the upper limb bark shed as the tree grows bigger and taller??
Bigjim on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: It is very common for the American Sycamore Tree to shed its bark. The shed when their bark freezes, to promote new growth. They also shed when they're experiencing fast growth.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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What is included in the planting kit?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Our Premium Planting Kit includes

1 - 24 inch Tree Guard
3 - Fertilizer Tablets (perfect for new plantings)
1 - bag of mycorrhizae fungi (this will help your plant rebound faster from planting and shipping shock)
Reply · Justin FStaff on May 30, 2014
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Does this tree loose it's leaves in the winter? It would be a FL tree.
A shopper on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. During the remainder of the season it has huge leaves. I can palm a basketball and many of the leaves are as big as my hand! I've had mine since Oct 2012. It grew quite a bit this year(3 to 4 feet)and I am expecting 4 to 6 feet of growth next year. Mine is a Texas tree. Hope this is helpful for you.
Reply · P. J on Jul 15, 2014
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does this tree weep sap from the leaves?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: This is the second full season for this Sycamore's growth in my yard. It was 3 feet tall 'new' and now it's almost 7 feet. Leaves are as big as my hand (I can palm a basketball!). When the leaves first come out (unfold) they are very soft. I have not seen any sap or anything else weep/drip from the leaves, but mine is only 2+ years old. I live in Texas and this thing can take the heat, even new, as long as you allow water from a water hose drip for 24-48 hours every 5-7 days (really not much water. It soaks deep into the ground so roots go deep instead of wide. Good thing.) for the first 2-4 years this Sycamore won't be weak and will thrive almost anywhere in pretty much any climate. Leaves are BIG and don't drip a thing, thus far. Hope this helps.
Reply · P. J on Jul 5, 2014
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what about pests?
Bonita b on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: The American Sycamores we purchased from Fast Growing Trees and planted in 2013 have not shown any signs of pest issues. We are in south west Oklahoma and we have older Sycamores that do periodically have issues with lace wing bugs but normally spraying in the early spring with malathion prevents future pest problems in the summer. They become beautiful trees with abundant shade when mature.
Reply · joey s on Jun 27, 2014
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How much space should I allow between trees if I want to plant them in a row?
Nilo R on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: Their foliage gets about 50 feet wide, for a privacy screen plant them about 10 feet apart and their foliage will fill in.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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