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Sycamore, Planetree (Platanus)

This genus is known as sycamore in the United States and planetree almost everywhere else. It is not native to Oregon, and is currently not fully described on this website.


  • Leaves: Large, palm-shaped with pointed leaf tips. Simple, alternate, and deciduous.
  • Fruit: 1-inch balls of tiny, tufted seeds that hang by long strings.
  • Bark: Greenish-gray outer bark sheds and exposes chalky, light patches of inner bark (which contrasts brilliantly in a shadowed understory of a forest or park)


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For more information on this tree, check here:

Dendrology at Virginia Tech: Searchable Fact Sheets

USDA Forest Service: Silvics of North American Tree Species

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