We have a gorgeous (in my eyes) old sycamore on the property. I can't
venture a guess at how many children have spent time in its branches! It's
one of the landscapes best features! The knarled look and beautiful bark are
striking especially in winter. It provides great shade for sitting under.
We have a wrought iron set positioned under its canopy. Also, grass grows
under it! Not so, with many other trees. My son still climbs that tree and
he's 24! I planted two more sycamores in the village in memory of my mom
and father-in-law. I'll have to watch for disease now that I'm reading
everyone's posts. I've never noticed any insects on it. I've never had a
single seedling show up.
Northport, Long Island, New York
Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
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Around here they are a great shade tree. I love mine in the summer, I have a
chair hammock suspended from one branch and I sit under the tree watching a
couple hummingbirds flit about, listening to the pond fountain. The bits of
stuff that drop off aren't a problem for me, either they drop into the front
garden and vanish or I chew 'em up with the lawnmower. The bark can be
lovely as it peels off, showing all sorts of dull green to deep brown
shades. I hear they are food for swallowtail butterflies - sure wish with my
six sycamores I'd see more than two swallowtails a year. But they do have
their drawbacks. Mine always seem to be full of whiteflies by summer's end.
They don't have any fall color; the leaves turn a dull brown and hang onto
the tree for a long time. The dead leaves once off don't make any attempt to
break down or decompose, they just pile up in huge drifts (maybe if I lived
in a wetter climate it would be different). I do have one that is now
showing signs of anthracnose, not so good. I have to have them
professionally trimmed every two years, which is expensive.
If I lived somewhere else I probably wouldn't plant one as close to the
house as mine are now, but I probably would put one in where I could sit
under it in the summer.
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