University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

A large, many branched, deciduous tree, pyramidal when young but becoming globular with age. Simple, alternate leaves are shallowly lobed, 4-8 inches wide and up to 12 inches long. Margins are coarsely toothed and petioles are long with enlarged bases. Flowers are inconspicuous. Fruits are globular, usually solitary, lacking spines, to 1 inch, and contain many tiny hairy winged seeds to ½ inch.