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Under the Sycamore ~ Black & White Friday

Enjoying my sycamore tree in the backyard. It is so big and tall, I can stand underneath and look up to take a photo. A great view from underneath.

The American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), also called buttonwood, is native to the southeastern United States. 

When you’re beginning to identify tree types, sycamore is one of the first you might remember because it has so many distinctive features. All sycamores are large trees with thick trunks, and range in height from 60 to 100 feet, depending on the species. All have seed clusters covered completely with small, fuzzy spikes. 

There are several varieties of the Sycamore, including the American Sycamore, the California, the Arizona, and the English Sycamore.

And once established, sycamores have distinctive patchy bark in cream, light green and brown. The bark is easily identified, even from a distance, whether smooth or bumpy. That is one thing I noticed about my sycamore, was the bark. It is incredible and like no other tree I have seen.

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  1. Forgot to add this trivia about the Sycamore tree: The sycamore tree in the Bible is a type of fig tree native to Africa and the Middle East. The sycamore found in the United Kingdom is a type of maple tree. North American sycamore trees are plane trees.