Sycamore Platanus occidentalis
Family: Platanaceae (Sycamore)
Sycamore has probably the most distinctive bark of any broadleaf
tree. See it once and you will never forget it. When young,
it's a bit less obvious, but its leaf scars and buds are still unique.
Its fruits are small balls, about and inch or so wide that are
sometimes found on the tree still in the winter.
Sycamore end bud
Another view of the winter twig
Closeup of the end bud. Notice how the leaf scar nearly encircles the bud...
Another view of the leaf scar and bud
The darker outer bark peels to reveal lighter bark beneath
Younger bark is lighter
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