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Species: Platanus occidentalis

(plat'an-us ok-sih-den-ta'lis)

Platanus occidentalis

American Plane Tree; Eastern Sycamore

Found on Course Walks

Wet Site Plants

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Tree Identification Guide

Cultivars

'Howard'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet

75' - 100' (equal or greater spread)

Deciduous

irregular, wide-spreading open crown

tolerant of urban conditions; requires abundant space; prefers deep, rich soil; full sun - light shade

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun, Part shade

4b

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Tolerates salty soil

tolerant of urban conditions; requires abundant space; prefers deep, rich soil; full sun - light shade

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil; Prolonged periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

many diseases; anthracnose is a serious problem

Bare Root Transplanting


Other

easily transplanted; tends to litter the ground with twigs, leaves, bark and fruit, native to Northern and Midwestern US and Canada.

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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