Information about Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus, commonly known as the sycamore maple or false plane tree, is a species of maple native to central Europe and southwestern Asia. It is widely planted as an ornamental tree and also valued for its timber.

The sycamore maple is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 35 meters tall with a broad, rounded crown. Its leaves are large, up to 25 centimeters across, and have five lobes with pointed tips. The leaves are dark green in color and turn a golden yellow in the fall.

The tree produces small, greenish-yellow flowers in the spring that are followed by winged seeds called samaras. The samaras are arranged in pairs, with each pair forming a distinctive V-shape. The seeds are dispersed by the wind and can travel long distances from the parent tree.

Sycamore maple trees are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, including pollution and drought. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. In addition to being used as an ornamental tree, sycamore maple wood is used for furniture, flooring, and veneer.

However, it is important to note that sycamore maple can also be considered invasive in some regions where it has been introduced, such as in parts of North America. The tree can quickly spread and outcompete native plant species, disrupting ecosystems.