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A large American Sycamore planted in a landscape, covered in the dark green, large leaves
A closeup of the American Sycamore's exfoliating bark, showing dark browns, grays, and light yellow colors
A close up of the stunning, peaches and cream exfoliating bark of the American Sycamore against the dark green foliage with bits of the blue sky appearing through the leaves
A single, bright green leaf of the American Sycamore on a white background
A large American Sycamore planted in a landscape, covered in the dark green, large leaves
A closeup of the American Sycamore's exfoliating bark, showing dark browns, grays, and light yellow colors
A close up of the stunning, peaches and cream exfoliating bark of the American Sycamore against the dark green foliage with bits of the blue sky appearing through the leaves
A single, bright green leaf of the American Sycamore on a white background

American Sycamore

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Platanus occidentalis

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  • Large green leaves emerge in spring and turn a brilliant yellow in fall
  • As the tree matures, the bark begins to flake off, exposing patches of creamy white, light yellow and olive green
  • A legacy in the landscape for its impressive fast-growing height commanding attention
  • Easy to grow and extremely hardy
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 75-100' tall
  • Mature Width: 60-80' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 60-80' apart

Why plant American Sycamore?

Chalky white Sycamore limbs against a cold blue winter sky…the Sycamore is a majestic tree with bark that exfoliates to reveal smooth patches of tan, olive, and cool white. This is an iconic tree of river valleys in the eastern U.S., where it grows to awe-inspiring proportions. Its immense trunks, uniquely patterned bark, and big, Maple-shaped leaves are known to all who live, hike, or boat in the vast area that Sycamore calls home. If you own a spacious property, you can grow this noble tree as a shade tree in your yard, and it will be cherished for generations to come.

The mighty Sycamore Tree inhabits a large area of the eastern U.S., from Maine to Florida and west to southern Minnesota and Texas. Wherever it finds a sunny, moist site in which to germinate and grow, it has the potential to be the most massive and impressive tree in all the land. Few of the true giants remain, such as the incredible specimen George Washington reported seeing as he travelled down the Ohio River one day. On an island in the river, he found a Sycamore measuring nearly 13 feet in diameter. Other trees, larger still and hollow inside, have been used in the past to shelter livestock, or to even house a pioneer family until a log cabin could be built!

How to use American Sycamore in the landscape?

Also known as the Buttonball Tree, the Sycamore Tree carries its seeds in fluffy balls that dangle from the branches. These seed balls may attract native birds to your yard, such as purple finches, goldfinches, chickadees, and juncos.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

How To Plant American Sycamore

The fast-growing Sycamore Tree is easy to grow in a sunny site in average to moist soil. Give Sycamore plenty of elbow room. It can be used as a street tree, although the look-alike you often see on city streets is usually the London Plane Tree, a hybrid tree with Sycamore as a parent. One issue that may occur with Sycamore is a disease called anthracnose, which sounds worse than it is. It causes the new growth to die back as if hit by frost. The tree will simply resprout new leaves to replace the damaged ones. The disease is more likely to occur in particularly cool, wet springs.

How To Water

When first planted, water your American Sycamore deeply. The American Sycamore prefers to be grown in moist soil and is not tolerant of drought, so be sure to water well during periods of high heat and stress.

How To Fertilize

Fertilize your American Sycamore tree in early spring, as your tree breaks dormancy.

How To Prune

The best time to prune your American Sycamore is in late winter. Pruning may not be required, but any crossed branching should be removed.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Karen Kowalczyk
Beautiful tree

Tree arrived in excellent condition and is doing well in its new spot. Can't wait for this little one to grow and start showing off those big leaves and beautiful mottled trunk!

Hi Karen!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! The mottled trunk and larger-than-life leaves are certainly a sight to behold! We hope you enjoy your tree for years to come!
- Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers

Claude Estes

First class service, thank you! What a breath of fresh air to deal with honest and down to earth, decent people these days. Great job!

Hello Claude!
Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful review regarding the services we've provided for you! If you ever have any questions regarding your new tree, please don't hesitate to reach out - our team is here to help :)
- Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers