Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) is a fast-growing large tree requires a lot of space. It is one of the best trees for exposed sites and coastal areas, growing in almost any conditions.

  • Sycamore Tree  -  Acer Pseudoplatanus  -  Leaves
  • Sycamore Tree  -  Acer Pseudoplatanus  -  Mature Tree

Useful info about Sycamore trees

Latin NameAcer pseudoplatanus
TypeDeciduous (loses its leaves in winter)
HeightCan grow up to 30 m (98ft)
SpreadThe branches can spread out to 15 m (49ft)
Soil Types PreferredClay, Loam, Sand
Locations SuitableFarmland, Gardens, Hedgerows, Parks
FlowersApril to June
FruitSeeds ripen from September to October

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Sycamores are fast growing, deciduous trees that can grow up to 30 m (98ft).

Sycamore trees flower from April to June, the seeds ripen from September to October and they are pollinated by bees.


The sap contains sugar and can be used as a drink or be concentrated into a syrup by boiling off the water. The syrup is used as a sweetener on many foods. It can be harvested in late winter but is not produced in economic quantities. About 25 grams of sugar is obtained from a litre of the sap].

The sap can also be used to make a wine. The flow is best on warm sunny days following a frost. The best sap production comes from cold-winter areas with continental climates.

The bark has mild astringent properties and has been used to make a wash for skin problems and an eyewash for sore eyes.

The inner bark of the tree, containing the sweet sap, can be used as a dressing for wounds.


Any uses for trees or tree extracts, whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.

Please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.

Culture and Symbolism

Sycamore trees are believed to represent protection, reliability, clarity, longevity and hope.

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