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Sycamore Maple
Sycamore Maple

Sycamore Maple

Acer pseudoplatanus
Sycamore Maple
Magnoliophyta
Aceraceae
Acer

Another European import; like the Norway Maple, its fellow traveler, this is an extremely aggressive tree. The Central Park Conservancy treats it in the same way and has removed thousands from our woodlands and replaced them with native oaks and maples. Formerly it was planted along the coast as well as on streets because of its tolerance to salt.

Medium-sized, up to 60 - 70 feet. Usually with wide-spreading crown and short trunk.

• Conservatory Garden, Northeast gate at 106th Street off Fifth Avenue
• Bridge #27, southwest corner of Reservoir

Sycamore Maple BarkSycamore Maple Bark
Older gray bark peels off, revealing orange bark below. This is the Sycamore Maple's best feature.
Sycamore Maple FlowerSycamore Maple Flower
Yellow clusters in drooping 3 to 5 inch spikes, which are borne when tree is in full leaf.
Sycamore Maple FruitSycamore Maple Fruit
Pair of winged samaras spreading at about a 45 degree angle, about 1-1/2 inches long, maturing late summer/early fall.
Sycamore Maple LeafSycamore Maple Leaf
Has 5 lobes, 3 to 6 inches wide, with a leathery seersucker look. Dark green on top, light green underneath.
Mark Brand, UCONN Plant Database, www.hort.uconn.edu/plants (bark)
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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