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Sycamore Maple

Sycamore Maple Tree
The sycamore maple is a non-native species that is no longer planted in Central Park. Its Latin name, Acer pseudoplantanus, means "false planetree" a nod to the tree's leaf which does resemble the plane trees. The wood of the sycamore maple is traditionally used for the scrolls and backs of violins and in the manufacture of other musical instruments and furniture. Figured grain woods usually comes from the sycamore maple and may also be known as flame maple, tiger maple, curly maple, or rippled sycamore.

Common Name: Sycamore Maple

Scientific Name: Acer pseudoplatanus

Origin: Europe and central Asia

Family: Aceraceae

Size: 40 - 60' tall

Form: Oval to rounded outline, upright spreading branches, foliage typically dense and compact

Culture: Easily transplanted, very adaptable; tolerates salt, high pH, and calcium-carbonate-rich soils; can take light shade but thrives in full sun; tolerant of exposed areas, prefers cool environment


3 - 6" across, opposite arrangement, five-lobed (three primary lobes with two smaller basal lobes)


Yellowish green, bloom in May


1.25 - 2" samaras, arranged in pendulous clusters


Steel gray, irregularly scaly, orange color shows where bark flakes off