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Height: 50 feet
Spread: 40 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Planetree Maple
An uncommon maple from Europe that's very popular there as a shade and street tree; many distinctive selections are available
Sycamore Maple has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Sycamore Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sycamore Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Sycamore Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.