Platanus occidentalis ~ American Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis ~ American Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis ~ American Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis ~ American Sycamore

American Sycamore

Platanus occidentalis

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A bare-root seedling is a young plant that is sold and
transported without soil or a container, only during the dormant season. These
seedlings are usually shipped without any soil or potting medium around them.
They are a common way to establish trees and shrubs. Here are some key
characteristics of bare-root seedlings:

No Soil or Container: As the name suggests, bare-root
seedlings are devoid of soil or any form of potting medium. The roots of the
plant are without soil and are typically wrapped in a plastic liner to prevent
them from drying out during transportation.

Dormant Season: Bare-root seedlings are typically available
and shipped during the plant's dormant season, which is usually in late fall through
winter. This is when the plant is not actively growing, making it easier to
handle and transport.

Easy Handling: Because they lack soil and containers,
bare-root seedlings are lightweight and easy to handle. This also allows them
to be shipped using UPS and FedEx ground services.

Planting a bare-root seedling is a straightforward process
if you follow the right steps. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to plant a
bare-root seedling:

Materials Needed:

  • Bare-root seedling
  • Shovel or spade
  • Watering can or hose
  • Organic compost (optional)
  • Mulch (optional)

Steps:

Prepare the Site: Choose a suitable planting location making
sure the area is free from weeds and debris.

Dig a Hole: Use a shovel or spade to dig a hole that is wide
enough to accommodate the spread-out roots of the seedling and deep enough to
allow the roots to be positioned at their natural depth. The exact dimensions
of the hole will depend on the size of the root system, but a typical depth for
most bare-root seedlings is about as deep as the roots and wide enough to allow
for proper root spreading.

Soak the Roots: Before planting, it's a good idea to soak
the bare-root seedling's roots in a bucket of water for a few hours. This will
help rehydrate the roots and reduce transplant shock.

Position the Seedling: Place the seedling in the center of
the hole, ensuring that the roots are spread out and not bent or cramped. The
crown (the point where the stem meets the roots) should be at or slightly above
ground level.

Fill the Hole: Backfill the hole with soil, packing it gently
as you go to eliminate air pockets. Ensure that the soil is in contact with the
roots. If you have improved your soil with organic compost, you can mix some of
it with the backfill soil.

Water Thoroughly: After planting, water the seedling
thoroughly to settle the soil and provide moisture to the roots. Keep the soil
consistently moist in the weeks following planting, but avoid overwatering, as
this can lead to root rot.

Apply Mulch (Optional): To conserve moisture and control
weeds, you can apply a layer of mulch around the base of the seedling. However,
be sure to keep the mulch away from the stem to prevent moisture-related
issues.

Stake If Necessary: If your seedling is tall and likely to
be top-heavy or subjected to strong winds, you can stake it to provide support.
Use soft ties to secure the tree to the stake, allowing some flexibility for
natural movement.

Monitor and Care: Regularly monitor the newly planted
seedling for signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves. Keep up with
a consistent watering schedule and consider adding fertilizer or nutrients as
needed based on soil tests and plant requirements.

Protection: If planting during the winter, consider
protecting the seedling with a winter wrap or tree guard to shield it from
harsh weather.

 

The American Sycamore, scientifically known as Platanus occidentalis, is a large and majestic deciduous tree native to North America. Here's everything you need to know about it:

  1. Appearance: American Sycamores are known for their impressive size, reaching heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters) or more. They have a broad, spreading canopy with branches that often grow horizontally. The bark is distinctive, with patches of white, gray, and brown that peel off in irregular patterns, revealing the lighter inner bark.

  2. Leaves: The leaves of the American Sycamore are large, palm-shaped, and have three to five lobes. They are bright green in spring and summer, turning yellow or brown in the fall before dropping.

  3. Flowers: In the spring, American Sycamores produce small, inconspicuous flowers that are arranged in round, hanging clusters called "inflorescences." These flowers are not particularly showy but provide a valuable source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.

Type: 

Tree

Origins:

East N. America; GA Native

Height: 

75' - 100'

Spread: 

75 - ' 100'

Spacing: 

80’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Yellow(male), Red(female)

Season of Interest: 

Fall Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  High Maintenance.  Sycamore anthracnose is a significant disease that severally damages twigs and leaves. Leaf spot, canker, and powdery mildew may occur.  Pests include Japanese beetles, borers, scale, and mites.  As a lawn tree may require significant clean-up from twigs, leaves, and fruits.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen or mass plantings,  Naturalized Areas Shade Tree, and  Screening.

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IMAGES:  Famartin 2019-11-13 16 17 24 An American Sycamore in late autumn along Tranquility Court in the Franklin Farm section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia CC BY-SA 4.0, (2)  MOHAMMED HAMZA A8-2-Platanus occidentalis (Eastern Sycamore) CC BY-SA 3.0, (3)  Jeff Turner from Santa Clarita, CA, United States,  American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) 2 CC BY 2.0, (4)  Richard Stephen Haynes Sycamore Tree Bark CC BY-SA 4.0

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