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American Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis


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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.

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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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-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
Add a Decorative Pot

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.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


40-50 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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Great growth. has tripled in size in 4 years. shallow roots initially, so make sure you anchor well
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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 3 years ago
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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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 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
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
over 8 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013

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
We had many pine trees that are slowly dieing off. Wanted something different to start replacing them.
Susan K on Apr 19, 2018
Existing in the yard
gregory h on Mar 29, 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
Shade and wildlife
Delores M on Sep 10, 2016
final size and growth rate
william d on Sep 5, 2016
A gift for step-son in honor of his deceased father.
Marilyn K on Mar 21, 2016
Love the growing rate and makes a great shade tree.
Conrado R on Mar 7, 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
Needed a tree that grows quickly to provide shade in my pasture.
Kathy N on Mar 6, 2016
fast growth
Sandy B on Mar 4, 2016
A birthday gift for my husband who has always loved these trees!
Jean J on Mar 3, 2016
size and width
Scott W on Mar 1, 2016
I chose this water loving tree to help with a wet area by the house and its also beautiful.
ronald l on Feb 9, 2016
I need to replace 2 large 100 year old oaks that recently died during the Texas drought.
mark b on Jan 1, 2016
Fast growing and hardy
R. Michael M on Dec 7, 2015
Love large shade trees!!!
Paul Y on Nov 8, 2015
Beautiful bark
Todd W on Nov 7, 2015
Nice tree. Fairly fast growing. VERY weak/soft trunk. WILL bend in strong winds. Mine bent all the way over (bent at 4ft section of trunk; top touched ground. Was less than 15 ft tall. Roughly 3 years old. They WILL snap after 15-30 years. NEVER plant one near house/building foundation. I made poor choice in buying/planting this tree. Fair warning. Buyer beware.
P. J on Oct 23, 2015
I like that this is a fast growing Sycamore.
Stefanie K on Sep 19, 2015
shape and size of a native tree.
Jay B on Sep 6, 2015
As we decided in our Forest Stewardship Plan we intended to plant Sycamores in our "Floodplain Forestland Management Unit". We tried seedlings and they have not fared well. We have looked without success for larger ones in our area, and elsewhere in the state, but without success. We were really happy to find these available on the internet.
Gary W on Aug 31, 2015
Looks like a good all around shade tree and I love that it can grow up to 70' and at a rate of 5'-6' a year.
Joey H on Aug 31, 2015
We were looking for shade trees that would grow quickly in our front yard as a screen from the main road we live along. After reading the description of the Sycamores, we decided they were what we wanted. They arrived right when Fast Growing trees said they would, and were packed very well. We've had very few of the leaves drop so far, and are seeing new leaves daily. They are staked as they are tall with thinner trunks and we did not want to risk them breaking in the wind. Happy with them.
Martha S on Aug 28, 2015
Growth rate
preston s on Apr 17, 2018
Fast growing tree
Jim R on Feb 24, 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.
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.
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.
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.
I leave in area with high winds. How well does this do with high winds?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My understanding is that once a sycamore is established it will do well in most circumstances. However, my only experience trying to grow a sycamore from this company was that they sent me a dead seedling. So I cannot recommend their trees from the vantage of a successful growing experience.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have clay soil and it retains water for several days when we have 2-3 inches of rain in a short amount of time. Can Sycamore trees stand water around their roots? We are in Northern I.linois.
Denise E on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes the American Sycamore are tolerant of various types of soil as well as wet soil conditions.
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
how high are the bottom branches from the ground?
Sean A on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Ours has only been planted for about a year and the bottom branches are about 18 inches off the ground. We have older Sycamore trees- not sure if they're American Sycamore- on our property that have bottom branches at least 15 feet off the ground. You can always prune off the lower branches as necessary for mowing, etc.
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.
I loosened the roots but did not separate them is that ok?
Alice k on Apr 23, 2018
Should I fertilization my tree after initial planting?
Sheila L on Nov 7, 2017

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