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ACER pseudoplatanus

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER pseudoplatanus

Plant Common Name

Sycamore Maple

General Description

An adaptable and variable maple, this native of Europe and West Asia typically forms a large wide-spreading tree. The deeply lobed dark green deciduous leaves resemble those of sycamore. They may turn yellow in fall. The winged fruits – known as samaras – drop from the tree in helicopter fashion. They are preceded by inconspicuous spring flowers. The bark is gray and flaky. Numerous cultivars have been selected, including yellow-, pink-, and purple-leaved forms.

Happy in almost any well-drained soil, this tough tree does well in sun or partial shade and tolerates drought and salt spray. It often self-sows in favorable environments, sometimes to the point of invasiveness. Use it as a shade tree for large properties or difficult sites, or employ its showy-leaved cultivars as accent plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-100' / 4.6m - 30.5m (70)

  • Width

    15'-75' / 4.6m - 22.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes