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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


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $129.95
Sale: $87.07
6 at $82.72 each
American Sycamore
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Shade Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
Sale: $13.37
Planting Mix for Shade Trees
American Sycamore Planting Mix

Helps your American Sycamore get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $20.07
American Sycamore
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $6.00


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
(blue area above)

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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.

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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Great growth. has tripled in size in 4 years. shallow roots initially, so make sure you anchor well
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
3 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
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
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.
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December 31, 2012
Receieved the tree in very good shape.Planted the tree the next day. The tree has grown to 16 ft high and looks good.
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
4 years ago
Our sycamore tree is beautiful. It has easily doubled in size since we planted it and continues to grow visably everyday. We love it.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
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.
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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.
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December 31, 2012
Of the many trees I have purchased from, 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
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
4 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.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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Is this an invasive tree?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: Nope.
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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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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 · Report · 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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.