#028 American Sycamore
(Platanus occidentalis)

UPDATE: This tree was taken down on 3/15/2024 by contractors working on the road and roundabout enhancements on S. Main St.
This was the largest Sycamore in the Davidson Street Tree Inventory, tree #077. Located at the Davidson Green School

Statistics (2022)

  • Circumference (In.): 125″
  • Height (Ft.): 55′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 30′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 40″
  • Total Points: 188

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Removed on 3/15/2024
  • Property Type: Private
  • Ecological Value: A large deciduous tree that may grow 75 to 90 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of 10 feet or more. It is one of the largest hardwood trees, by diameter, in North America. When sitting this tree on your landscape, keep in mind that this will be a large tree for a large space. It is native to North Carolina and can be found throughout the state, although it is more common and larger along streams and bottomlands. The tree produces a spherical multiple of seeds borne on a 3- to 6-inch stalk. Each seed is tiny, winged, and 1/2 inch long.