American Sycamore

TN native.  Native to all eastern states from mid-Kansas east. Known as the largest growing tree in the east,  it can grow to 100’ tall in 20 years or so.  Single trunk trees have been recorded 12’ through, and heights near 200’ are possible.  The leaves are big, loud, and a mess when they fall, with very little Fall color. The seed ball is golf ball size and may be produced by the hundreds on a tree.  The greatest and most outstanding trait of the sycamore may be its bark.  The bark is thin, tight, and varies in color from green to off white to white.  It flakes off in thin chips, strips, or larger irregular pieces.