Sycamore - Platanus Occidentalis
Sycamore trees are large, deciduous trees that are not native to Wisconsin, but they are commonly planted as ornamental trees. They can grow up to 100 feet tall and have a wide-spreading canopy. The bark of sycamore trees is distinctive, with large, peeling plates that give the tree a mottled appearance. The name "sycamore" comes from the Greek word "sykaminos," which means "fig-mulberry."
In Wisconsin, sycamore trees are most commonly found in the southern two tiers of counties. However, they can be successfully cultivated as far north as Green Bay. The largest sycamore tree in Wisconsin is located in the city of Fond du Lac. It has a circumference of 18 feet 4 inches and is nearly 70 feet tall.
Sycamore trees are a popular choice for landscaping because they are relatively easy to care for and they provide excellent shade. They are also a good choice for street trees because they can withstand salt and other pollutants.