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.
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.
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.
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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