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Sycamore Maple

Acer pseudoplatanus

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: pseudoplatanus (soo-doh-PLAT-uh-nus) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lisle, Illinois

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Orem, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 26, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I have only seen a very few of this European species in southeast Pennsylvania or in northern Illinois. The most I've seen is several specimens planted at the old estates around the Iron & Steel Museum in Coatesville, PA. It is a good looking tree that is very similar to a Norway Maple, except for leaf shape and a grayish and orangish-brown flaky and plated bark. It can suffer badly from canker diseases. Very tolerant of urban conditions and sea salt spray. It is capable of escaping cultivation and becoming an invasive species in North America, though I have not seen that where I have been.


On Feb 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Much like the similarly invasive Norway Maple (Acer platanoides). Both are common weed trees of neglected urban neighborhoods. Both outcompete anything that tries to grow beneath them. Frost usually hits the foliage before it can turn yellow.

Planting is prohibited in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as this tree invades and impoverishes natural habitat in eastern North America and the Pacific Northwest.


On Nov 12, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

European in origin, sometimes escaping from cultivation here in the States. It is simply known as Sycamore on the continent, while our American Sycamore is known as Planetree there.

Resembling the Red and Silver Maples in looks and habit, it can grow to as much as 100'


On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Deciduous tree with upright spreading branches. This tree is easily transplanted and prefers full sun to light shade.

It does have a number of pests which like it, (clearly a negative), though.