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  • American Sycamore for Sale

    American Sycamore for Sale

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American Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
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.

Coarse 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- 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.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

70 ft.

Mature Width:

50 ft.



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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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Another Quality Tree
I live in Upstate SC and planted this tree this past January (2018). I planted it with mushroom compost and a packet of root rocket. The tree arrived in great shape at about 6 feet tall. I planted it within a day or two of getting it and waited until spring. As I write this, it is October (2018), and the tree is now 15 feet tall with gorgeous and even foliage. I could not be more pleased with FGT’s American Sycamore tree. I should mention I am not surprised about the outstanding quality as I have four of their amazing autumn blaze maples and an incredibly fast growing willow tree as well.
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October 23, 2018
10 months ago
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Healthy and happy!
She arrived quickly, beautifully and healthy. So far seems to be happy in her new surroundings ! I am very pleased.
September 30, 2018
3 months ago
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Doing Fantastic
I bought 2 of these during FGT’s “Too Tall Tree” sale several months ago. They arrived nice and bushy, and in great shape. They took to their new location immediately and are noticeably larger already! The front half of my backyard will be nice and shady a lot sooner than expected.
August 20, 2018
6 months ago
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Great customer service. The tree looks great and growing
I would order again once I have more room in the front or back yard.
July 27, 2018
6 months ago
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My husband was astounded to see the size and condition of the sycamore tree that was delivered yesterday. He stands 6'2" and the tree is taller than he is! The leaves are well formed and healthy.
I purchased some lilac bushes the day after I purchased the tree and they will be delivered tomorrow. We look forward to many more purchases from you. Thank you SO much for exceeding our expectations.
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June 21, 2018
5 months ago
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Young Sycamore
We lost two large trees and needed something that could replace them. We decided on the American Sycamore. It arrived in beautiful shape and we planted it between the two dead tree trunks. We have been caring for it and so far, it is doing great. We have high hopes for this tree! I will try to take another picture next year so you can see it's progress.
Day after our new tree arrived!  Planted and so far, it seems to be doing well. May 2018
Day after our new tree arrived! Planted and so far, it seems to be doing well. May 2018
June 10, 2018
7 months ago
Delivered in great shape
My sycamore was delivered quickly and very healthy looking. I planted it with the root growth stuff they also sell and its grown a couple inches already in a couple weeks
June 2, 2018
7 months ago
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Great trees
So far the two trees I bought look terrific. I am hoping they will be great additions to the house. The trees were in good shape upon arrival and have really taken off this spring.
May 21, 2018
Littleton, CO
8 months ago
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2 Sycamores
Came very fast in the beginning of April and planted them within one day. Started getting leaves within a few weeks and has grown height in only a month and a half in Pennsylvania. Doing very well.
May 20, 2018
8 months ago
Love it!
What a wonderful tree. Leaves were out 1 week after planting. It is doing outstanding! We love it! Keep up the good work! We are very impressed.
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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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Why did you choose this? Store
These are my favorite trees - beautiful form when mature, amazing bark, great fall color.
Tanja J on Nov 19, 2018
I am planting this for my grandson's first birthday and his mother requested this type of tree.
beverly d on Oct 31, 2018
These are my favorite trees - beautiful form when mature, amazing bark, great fall color.
Tanja J on Nov 19, 2018
We chose the Sycamore because it met all of our qualifications: a fast growing, spreading canopy tree that has a wide range of soil tolerance. We were also looking for a tree native to Florida that was deciduous as well. Can't wait to have this lovely tree providing shade on hot summer days for years to come!
Zachary D on Nov 5, 2018
I am planting this for my grandson's first birthday and his mother requested this type of tree.
beverly d on Oct 31, 2018
best choice I saw on line
danny h on Oct 13, 2018
Native where I live and fast growing
Diane A on Oct 13, 2018
Wanted a good shade tree
Cody H on Oct 7, 2018
Because of its size, drought resistance and fast growth.
Benny H on Jul 21, 2018
The 1st 2 looked kinda sad when they arrived but we were told to expect that. They perked right up and are doing great. A little end of season price drop and here we are for another.
Charles S on Jul 21, 2018
size and shade potential
Jeffrey H on Jul 21, 2018
For fast growing shade you get everything you need for best price and quality
joe m on Jun 19, 2018
I have always liked the sycamore trees. Have a large back yard that needs a lot of shade, two birds with one stone.
Flint A on Jun 16, 2018
My husband has always loved these trees. Since we have 22 acres I think he'll be able to find the perfect place for his viewing pleasure.
Susan W on Jun 16, 2018
Gift for my husband.
Sandra L on Jun 13, 2018
looking for mature trees to give me privacy
Gina E on May 27, 2018
Need fast growing shade tree
Doreen M C on May 23, 2018
For my mother who had one growing up
Arkie K on May 11, 2018
Fast-growing shade tree.
Andrey K on May 6, 2018
Performed a google search for Mail Order Trees. This tree popped up with high ratings and multiple reviews. Very happy with the navigation of the site. Thank you
Rhonda W on May 1, 2018
I like Sycamores.
Julian M on May 1, 2018
shade for the back of the house
Robert P on Apr 30, 2018
Shawnta G on Apr 27, 2018
We had many pine trees that are slowly dieing off. Wanted something different to start replacing them.
Susan K on Apr 19, 2018
Growth rate
preston s on Apr 17, 2018
Existing in the yard
gregory h on Mar 29, 2018
Fast growing tree
Jim R on Feb 24, 2018
estee M on Feb 23, 2018
PAUL T on Feb 23, 2018
Selected this tree to shade our log home in the Montana Summer, and allow sunlight through for some solar gain in the cold winters.
Peter R on Feb 19, 2018
Just wanted different types of trees.
Gerald K on Feb 12, 2018
We have an established sycamore already and love the way it looks. It is a very old tree and we would like to have another. We have the ideal setting for these trees and I know this new tree will thrive.
Janice D on Feb 12, 2018
I wanted a beautiful yard tree to replace a soft maple that came down recently.
FunEFarmer on Jan 13, 2018
I always wanted a sycamore tree you seem to be the only place where I could find him and I’m very happy with it it’s growing really good
john K on Jan 1, 2018
We bought an American Sycamore about a year ago and it has tripled in size since then. We just bought a house that needs some fast growing shade trees and this particular tree has proven itself!
Robin R on Nov 27, 2017
Fast growing, full; believe will do well, provide shade, and look good on our property
Sarah I on Nov 27, 2017
This is a gift. Ben grew up with Sycamores & has always loved them. We are at an age that we need no materials items in our lives, so this is a gift he can enjoy without worrying about having 'stuff'.
Ben G on Nov 26, 2017
Fast growing beautiful bark and it will go well by the river.
Dan G on Nov 26, 2017
We had 7 of this tree in our front yard in our old home awesome shade tree. We do not have this type of tree at our new home. Hope to have them in the ground soon.
Robert M on Nov 7, 2017
My family is from Indiana. I believe it is the state tree. I bought them as memorial to my parents, both born in Indiana.
Mary R on Nov 7, 2017
I wanted a fast growing shade tree and this one looks right
Judy J on Nov 4, 2017
Fast growth and shade
seth j on Oct 28, 2017
The description indicates a fast-growing tree providing good shade. It is being planted to replace a fruitless olive which is failing and appears to be a good fit.
Pamela J on Oct 22, 2017
Peggy D on Oct 21, 2017
Kathleen C on Jan 7, 2017
Large Shade Tree
Nancey M on Nov 1, 2016
fast growing, fall color, and disease resistant.
Scott B on Sep 20, 2016
For the shade and growth rate
Tanya N on Sep 14, 2016
Fast growing strong tree.
Charles V on Sep 14, 2016
Indiana Tree!
Douglas M on Sep 13, 2016
Feel it is the most suitable for our needs
Fred S on Sep 12, 2016
I wanted to try something different. Thought I would give you folks a try.
Raymond R on Sep 10, 2016
We chose the Sycamore because it met all of our qualifications: a fast growing, spreading canopy tree that has a wide range of soil tolerance. We were also looking for a tree native to Florida that was deciduous as well. Can't wait to have this lovely tree providing shade on hot summer days for years to come!
Zachary D on Nov 5, 2018
best choice I saw on line
danny h on Oct 13, 2018
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.
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.
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.
are they toxic to horses?
Gail S on Dec 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No. The American Sycamore is not toxic to horses.
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.
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 at least 10 feet apart, center to center. Planting them 10 feet apart may be cutting it close, since these trees can grow quite wide. 15 to 20 feet would be better.
Does this tree loose it's leaves in the winter? It would be a FL tree.
A shopper on Jul 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sycamores are deciduous and normally go dormant and drop their leaves during late fall to early winter. However, in warmer climates the trees will sometimes retain their leaves for a longer period of time; usually until you get a cold snap.

I hope this information was helpful. Thank you for contacting us.
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.
Do you have to plant this immediately upon receiving the tree? I would like to purchase but would not be able to plant for a couple of weeks.
Sally A on Jul 17, 2018
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
I leave in area with high winds. How well does this do with high winds?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: American Sycamore trees stand up extremely well in areas with a lot of storms, and high winds. However, you may need to stake a young tree to make sure it gets established and well rooted into the ground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How fast do they grow?
Mark G on Jan 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are slow growers. Don't expect to see this tree mature rapidly. These trees are insurers, they will be enjoyed by generations to come. Usually don't hate fruit, (monkey balls) until age 70-80.
I love the tree, its beautiful and I know I have to be patient.
Buy the largest one available.
Mine was 6ft and inch in diameter now its 7 inches in diameter and 14 ft tall in 3 seasons
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.
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.
What fertilizer should I use on my sycamore tree?. It was planted a year ago but dont seem to grow.
Willeaner B on Oct 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In the spring I gave mine a couple of applications of normal Miracle Grow (Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium Content: 24-8-16). My tree was only planted less than a year ago, and it has MORE than doubled in size, and the trunk is much thicker than it was when planted. I have planted six trees purchased form fast growing trees, but this one by far has really been my "fastest growing". I am in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, where it is hot, hot, hot, but we have had a lot of rain this season so I believe the additional water probably helped. Good luck with yours. My dad says trees generally take off in year 3 once the roots are really established, so maybe some patience will pay off as well. :)
Does this tree produce any kind of nuts, like oak has acorns and hickory has nuts?
Ann P on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sycamores produce these puffy seed balls that tend to break apart over time. They are soft and are usually taken care of by the lawnmower. Sycamores will drop twigs fairly often when they get big.
American sycamore average growth per year?
Mark N on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not sure of the average growth, but I have one that I planted in 2016 and it is at least 3 times it’s original size! Very fast growing!
do these trees have seeds that drop and make a mess?
shirleylongley on Apr 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The trees do drop seeds, but I think the beauty of the tree far exceeds the seasonal inconvenience of cleaning up seed balls! Put a trash can under the tree with the top off and see how many balls you can throw into it without missing. Kids love to do this too!
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.
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.
How far from driveways or foundations should it be planted?
Colleen T on Nov 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree gets very wide and very tall. Root systems are usually at least out to the drip line for a tree so I believe this tree should be at least 35-40 feet from your home/sidewalk. I’ve seen them planted within six feet of homes but I think those folks are going to have to end up taking down the tree in the future to save their house
Will this type of tree affect my u see ground sprinkler system? I’d like to plant one in my front yard in an area of about 1,000 square feet of grass area.
Issy M on Oct 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have one in my front yard and back yard as well and I have a septic system that has not been affected so far. The one in the front yard where the septic is located has been there over 15 years
DON M on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
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.
Can I plant it in November in Oklahoma?
Diana S on Nov 6, 2018

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