Sycamore Maple, Planetree Maple
- Deciduous tree, 40-60 ft (12-18 m), upright, spreading branches, oval crown, bark similar to that of a sycamore (flaking in small rectangular scales). Leaves opposite, simple, 7.5-15 cm wide, 3-5 lobed, coarsely crenate-serrate, dark green and glabrous above, greenish-white below. Fall color yellowish to dingy brown. Flowers small, yellow-green, in 8-12 cm long pendulous, clusters (racemes), appear after leaves. Fruit (samara) 3-5 cm long, forming an angle of about 60o, in pendulous clusters. Buds similar to those of Acer platanoides, Norway Maple.
- Sun to light shade, best on well-drained soil, tolerates alkaline to acid soil conditions, sensitive to heat, good near the sea shore, a salt tolerant species.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Europe and western Asia
- pseudoplatanus: pseudo, false; platanus, a reference to
Platanus, Sycamore, hence a "false sycamore", meaning visually similar to a Platanus.
- Caution: In some areas Acer pseudoplatanus is considered an invasive species and a threat to
native plants. It is a troublesome plant in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and
New England; and more recently in the Portland, Oregon area.
- Corvallis: north side 127 NW 13th St.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: west side of Oxford House on Jefferson Ave.