At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Platanaceae
Latin Name: Platanus Occidentalis
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow-brown
Bloom: Yellow and red
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Pyramid, round, spreading
Bark: Exfoliated white bark
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 100 to 75 feet
Spread: 100 to 75 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

The Sycamore has a 4-9 zone hardiness rating; a native range in States east of the Great Plains, this tree is native to temperate and subtropical regions of the northern hemisphere. It belongs to the family Platanceae, and also goes by the names American Sycamore, American planetree, occidental plane, and butterwood. To survive, the Sycamore demands soil that ranges from medium to wet and well-drained; it is also capable of enduring big city environments, although it is susceptible to athracnose and canker (lethal plant diseases caused by a wide range of fungal, bacterial, and viral organisms).

The Sycamore is characterized by its formidable size (the height and spread of a sycamore generally extends 75-100 feet), its preference to exfoliate (the smooth speckled bark sheds to reveal a pale mottled trunk), and the sticky green buds nestled in the axils of its leaves. True to its deciduous nature, the tree blooms in April and sheds its leaves in the autumn. Its wood—a common component in crafting furniture—is prized for its heavy durability and its freckled appearance (a distinguishable feature in butcher block counter tops). Similar to the Maple tree, the Sycamore’s wood is chiefly comprised of pale sapwood, with minimal dark heartwood streaks.

Known as the “Tree of Life” in Egyptian mythology, the pyramidal Sycamore has been acknowledged and honored as a notable species since ancient times. Egyptians believed that their sun god Ra emerged from such a tree, and that two turquoise sycamores flanked Heaven’s gates. There is abundant folklore associated with the Sycamore throughout the world; its wood is used for making “love spoons” in Wales, and its shedding winged seeds are called “helicopters” by children in the UK. Native Americans called these trees “Ghosts of the Forest”, most likely due to the ethereal white-gray-green-brown patchwork of their mottled trunks.

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