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American Sycamore

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Growing Zones: 4-9

Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 4-9
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

70 ft.

Mature Width:

50 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Platanus occidentalis

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The Fastest Growing Sycamore

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.

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Customer Reviews

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34 Reviews
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Growth Rate
Great growth. has tripled in size in 4 years. shallow roots initially, so make sure you anchor well
December 31, 2012
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.
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
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.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
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
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
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 agai
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
One young sycamore for one old guy
In August 2014 we lost two large maple trees that were planted in 1905 and decided to replace them with one sycamore tree. Having had good luck with trees purchased from Fast Growing Trees we were again very impressed with the tree that arrived. The tree was carefully packaged and ready for planting with information on planting provided as a guide. The tree was planted as suggested and has become an object for providing a picture of grand pa pa, however, one will note how the tree grows so tall but not grand pa pa.
October 25, 2014
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
December 31, 2012
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.
December 31, 2012
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.
December 31, 2012
over 6 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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A gift for step-son in honor of his deceased father.
Marilyn K on Mar 21, 2016
I have friends that have a sycamore and it is a great looking shade tree.Also a great tree for kids to climb!
tammy k on Mar 7, 2016
Love the growing rate and makes a great shade tree.
Conrado R on Mar 7, 2016
Needed a tree that grows quickly to provide shade in my pasture.
Kathy N on Mar 6, 2016
Being bare root, can this be planted in the spring? how long before seeing any growth
d l on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: You should see growth in leaf form in 6 to 8 weeks. The tree will get it's roots established first before getting taller. You should see noticeable differences in its height by the Fall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 30, 2015
Is this an invasive tree?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: We have 7 large 30 year old Sycamore trees around our home and they are not invasive.
Reply · Report · joey s on Jun 27, 2014
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are they toxic to horses?
Gail S on Dec 7, 2014
Best Answer: No. The American Sycamore is not toxic to horses.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 30, 2015
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How are these trees shipped and from were?
Leo B on Nov 26, 2014
Best Answer: These trees are carefully packaged and then shipped via FedEX from South Carolina.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 30, 2015
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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.
Reply · Report · JOSE R on Jul 15, 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 · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 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: They should be planted anywhere from 10 or more feet apart. Planting them 10 feet apart may be cutting it close, since these trees can grow quite wide. 15 to 20 feet would be better.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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How much water does this tree typically need? We live on the front range of Colorado, 5 mile east of Cherry Creek Reservoir where it can get pretty dry.
Jeri S on May 12, 2015
Best Answer: We planted this tree in our yard in Massachusetts, just south of Boston. We put two pvc pipe sections down below the root ball and filled with good loam, mulch and a small bit of manure. We watered the tree by putting water in the pvc tubes to assure that the water got to the roots. We were generous with water until the tree got established. then we let nature take its course. The tree requires quite a bit of well directed water as it gets started. Then only enough for maintenance. In general a sycamore tree requires a great deal of water as it gets bigger. In general, Sycamore trees prosper in an environment that prefers flood planes, alluvial soils and moist grounds. The root structure of the American sycamore is quite shallow (six to ten feet deep at maturity) and extends close to the surface for a substantial distance. I therefore does not seek water deeper in the ground. There are web sites that describe the American Sycamore - and its preferred environments - in some detail. Search "American Sycamore" nd then "root structure" or "referred environment" or "planting and maintenance" I don't think the tree would prosper in a dry environment unless you keep it well watered. John Morton
Reply · Report · John M on May 12, 2015
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Does this tree attract deer and if so, what can I do to protect the tree?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
Best Answer: I don"t believe it attracts deer. I live on 4 acres ( two cleared) and the woods around my property are packed with deer. They never come in my yard to bother my Sycamore trees.
Reply · Report · Patricia I on Oct 1, 2014
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does this tree weep sap from the leaves?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: Sap does not come from the leaves, but sap can come from broken branches and damaged bark.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Does this tree develop a deep root system ?
CHIP L on Jul 17, 2015
Best Answer: The American Sycamore's roots system is shallow for the most part. Most of its roots grow closer to the surface. However, there are factors that can affect root growth on this tree. For example the planting location you choose, soil type, and water availability. In most zones and soil types the roots should not grow deeper than 6-8 ft.

We hope this answers your question. Thank you for contacting us.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Aug 13, 2015
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when treating your yard with cemicals does it hurt the tree thats is in your neibors yard?
hellen t on Jun 14, 2015
Best Answer: Some chemicals can harm trees if the chemicals reach the roots.Generally weed killers should not be applied under a tree's canopy. If chemicals aren't properly diluted with water they can be harmful. It depends on what the chemical is, how close it's applied to the tree and if it's properly applied or not.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 30, 2015
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I leave in area with high winds. How well does this do with high winds?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2014
Best Answer: I would stake it as high as you can. Mine grew from a 4' twig to 12' tall the first year. I did not get larger stakes and as a result we had a high wind in May that snapped the tree off just above where it was staked. It did grow back. Amazingly fast growing but keep it staked until it is large enough at base. You will love the shape and color.
Reply · Report · Spurlin B on Sep 8, 2014
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Are they good treehouse trees?
Beezuss on Dec 5, 2015
Best Answer: I would say yes, they would make for a great treehouse. I like the large leaves it produces which would be fun for a treehouse. And the main trunck is very straight and strong for stability. I hoped it would grow faster than it has since we planted it a couple of years ago (we live in SLC, UT), however there are some older sycamore trees in the area that are very big and tall, which our's will be one day I'm sure.
Reply · Report · Terry N on Dec 5, 2015
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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 · Report · joey s on Jun 27, 2014
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do these trees have seeds that drop and make a mess?
shirleylongley on Apr 23, 2016
Best Answer: No. They drop the leaves in winter, but I haven't seen any seeds. My trees are only 3 years old, so I don't know if they will when mature.
Reply · Report · Nick A on Apr 23, 2016
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Had my tree for about 2 months already and the leaves are starting to brown around the tips. What is the possibility of causing that?
Joey H on Oct 17, 2015
Best Answer: Thank you for contacting us. Browning can occur for several reasons. It can occur from under-watering, transition stress, or the plant going into dormancy. I recommend doing a scratch test on the tree to determine if its still viable. You can scratch near the base of the trunk and if it is still green underneath the tree should recover. Make sure that your tree is receiving enough water. American Sycamores like most shade trees prefer moist soil. I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have additional questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.
Reply · Report · Chanel CStaff on Oct 21, 2015
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Has anyone planted this tree in zone 5? Wisconsin. How tall will the Sycamore Tree get?
Arlene B on Aug 5, 2015
Best Answer: American Sycamores can reach up to 70 ft. How quickly or tall your tree will grow will depend on your climate, soil conditions, and available water source. You can contact your local agricultural extension for additional information on how this tree thrives in your area.

Thank you for contacting us.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Aug 13, 2015
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How will this grow in a somewhat sandy soil?
Richard H on Jul 5, 2015
Best Answer: Not sure but, here in OH they are found in the wild along rivers and streams. I planted mine in heavy clay but ammended the planting hole with some sand.
Reply · Report · Kathleen B on Jul 6, 2015
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Can you plant these in summer with 100 degree temp several weeks in a row?
Happy Camper on Jul 1, 2015
Best Answer: If you are prepared to give your new trees extra attention (and water!), you will probably succeed in keeping them alive if you plant in summer. However, it is much preferable to plant in the fall or the spring, when the temperature is more moderate and your plants will have less adverse conditions to deal with.
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I would be planting it 3' to 4' from incoming water supply to house. will the roots interfere with pipes. Also do they have suckers that would shoot up. Do they attract hornets.? Live in Zone 5-6
John D on May 13, 2015
Best Answer: The roots aren't invasive water seeking roots. They can spread about as far as the tree's canopy though. What's above ground serves as a mirror image of what is underground. Any tree can grow suckers. Suckers pop up more often when there is a lot of light frequent waterings, this keeps roots close to the surface. If you give your tree a slow deep watering by holding a hose at it's base and counting to 20 then the ground will become saturated and the roots will grow downwards for that water. Deeper roots tend to equal less suckers. Remove suckers by taking a firm grip on them and then pulling them upwards out of the ground in a twisting motion. This tree does not attract hornets.
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can i plant this in the understory of larger trees? i have been losing a lot of my large Ash trees due to the borer and want to repopulate my woods. does it need full sun to grow?
Gail R on Aug 19, 2016
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which is more winter hardy for central nebraska sycamore or london plane tree? Other comparisions??
ken k on May 4, 2016
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