American Sycamore

      FAMILY: Maple
      HEIGHT: 60 TO 100 ft.

      Sycamores or Plane Trees beautify stream banks all through the East and in some valleys of the Southwest. Of the native species, the American Sycamore is best known and most common. The leaves are almost heart-shaped, three to five-lobed, thick light green above, paler and hairy below. The base of the leafstalk is hollow, concealing the winter bud. Fruits are the typical "buttonballs." The hard, yellowsih to brown coase-grained wood is used for furniture, boxes and woodenware.

      These trees do well in the unfavorable environment of cities. The seeds of these Sycamores resemble those of our western species.