Sycamore

Acer pseudoplatanus | Also known as: Great maple, Harewood, Mock plane, Scotch plane | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Scottish maple: often seen in the fields of Scotland where the haggis roam free.

Acer pseudoplatanus is also known as Great maple. A large tree that can grow up to 35m in height. The foliage of this tree grows wide and dome shaped. It has large leaves, up to 25cm long with five lobes with a serrated edge and a leathery texture. The leaves are green with a white tinged underside, although there are some varieties with purple or yellow tinged leaves. The leaves can be prone to fungus and will have a black spotted appearance if they are affected by it. The flowers are yellowy green and grow in hanging clusters with up to fifty flowers in each cluster. This tree is often grown in cities as they are very tolerant of wind and pollution. It's also salt tolerant, so is grown in coastal areas too.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-7
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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