DAVIDSON TREASURE TREES

#089 American Sycamore
(Platanus occidentalis)

This tree is along the greenway in the River Run neighborhood.

Statistics (2021)

  • Circumference (In.): 84″
  • Height (Ft.): 
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.):
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.):
  • Total Points:

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Greenway
  • Ecological Value:  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 bottomland. The tree has alternate leaves with 3 to 5 lobes and a coarsely toothed margin. The bark of the tree has a mottled look created by the darker outer layers peeling to expose the lighter inner layers. The bark peels off in patches and the whitened inner bark is the most ornamental trait of this plant.
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