Platanus occidentalis L.

American Sycamore, Buttonwood, Planetree

Family: Platanaceae

Genus: Platanus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 100' tall and 80' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves alternate, 3 to 5 lobes, to 9" diameter. White mottled bark. Yellow to brown autumn color. Spreading open crown. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 999 in 1753. Linnaeus refers to Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 56.

Native to eastern Canada and eastern and central US.

Introduced to cultivation in 1636.

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