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American Elm vs American Sycamore

Ulmus americana

Platanus occidentalis

American Elm
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American Elm is fast growing, tall tree with a recognizable and pleasing shape.

It's well suited for urban environments because of its non-invasive roots and ability to grow on harsh sites (quite salt tolerant). American Elm develops a wide, dense canopy that provides shade for many city streets around North America.

American Sycamore is the largest tree native to eastern North America. Generally too large and messy to be a street tree, American Sycamore thrives in large, open spaces, such as an acreage or farm.

The bark is one of the main features that draw people to this tree. The outer bark flakes off in irregular pieces to reveal an attractive white, green, and cream colored inner layer, providing winter interest.

American Sycamore has an extremely fast growth rate, gaining up to 6 ft in one year, and will easily reach its mature height in a short period of time. Be wary of this trees' root system, as it's typically very extensive and needs lots of room to expand.

Note: American Sycamore is a high maintenance tree and requires regular cleaning of leaves, twigs, strips of bark, and seeds.

AMERICAN ELM QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN SYCAMORE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 23 m (75 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Bark: dark, ashy gray with ridges
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: up to 200 years
Life span: long
Maintenance: high
Suckering: medium
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: water elm, whilte elm


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