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The Sycamore Tree

The largest deciduous (meaning the leaves fall off) tree in the Eastern United States, sycamore trees can grow 75 to 100 feet tall with a similar spread, and even taller under ideal conditions. The trunk may be as much as 10 feet in diameter.

Sycamores also go by the names buttonwood or buttonball trees. This comes from the 1-inch balls that hang from the tree all winter and fall to the ground in spring.

I found this trivia interesting about sycamores in the bible… 

The significance of the sycamore tree in the Bible is that it was associated with pigs and therefore it was unclean. Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore tree in order to get a glimpse of Jesus and was humiliated by others who saw him do it.

I was out in the yard yesterday and the sun was shining on the bark of the sycamore. It was almost like a glow to the tree. Hard to capture all the beauty of this tree. I hope this one continues to grow in my backyard.


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Written by Carol DM

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