American Sycamore

American Sycamore trees can be found growing in many places around the Agnes Scott Arboretum, including at the tour stop that we call Trees & Disease.

The American Sycamore tree, or Platanus occidentalis, is a deciduous tree that is native to Georgia, and across the eastern United States.  At its full height, it grows from 98-131 feet tall.  It can be identified by its bark, which is a dark reddish brown, with platelike scales that turns to a smoother and lighter grey higher up on its trunk.  It has bright yellow-green alternate leaves with 3-5 shallow lobes and serrated edges.  You can identify these leaf features in the photo below of the leaf of an American Sycamore tree at the Agnes Scott Arboretum.

Sycamore Leaf

A bit of American Sycamore Treevia–The sycamore tree referred to in the Bible is not a plant we would recognize as similar to an American Sycamore- this plant is believed to be a fig tree.

For more information on this tree species, click here.