Also known as
Scottish Maple, Sycamore Maple, False Planetree, Great Maple, Harewood, Mock Plane, Scotch Plane, Scots plane, Maple, Purple-leaved sycamore, Costorphine maple, Purple sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus 1 by Franz Xaver (CC BY-SA 3.0)
50 years to reach maturity
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Acer pseudoplatanus is a deciduous tree species, commonly known by the names Sycamore, Great Maple and Scottish Maple, amongst others. It is large and relatively fast-growing, producing dark green, lobed leaves up to 20cm in length that turn yellow in Autumn. It likes a sunny or partially shaded site. Flowers are arranged on catkin-like panicles, are coloured yellow-green and appear in the spring, followed by bunches of winged, green or red seeds. Sycamores are resilient and seed easily, so remove the winged seeds when you see them nestling into your borders! Acer pseudoplatanus is planted in large gardens, parkland and used as a specimen tree, due it's low maintenance and architectural qualities. It can withstand an exposed site - so good for coastal gardens - and tolerates most soil types if fertile, moist and well-drained. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative that showcases plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating - and other - insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Sycamore
Tar spot (Rhytisma acerinum) may be a problem.
How to propagate Sycamore
Special features of Sycamore
Other uses of Sycamore
Hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions. The sap can be used to make sugar and wine. A good pioneer tree to establish woodland, as it tolerates all but the poorest of soils. The wood can be planed to a smooth finish and so is invaluable for flooring, furniture, woodturning etc.