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Ussurian Pear (Siberian) vs American Sycamore

Pyrus ussuriensis

Platanus occidentalis

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Ussurian Pear (Siberian)
American Sycamore

Ussurian Pear (aka Manchurian or Siberian Pear) is the most cold hardy of all pear species.

This self-pollinating pear bears white flowers in the spring and has good fall colour, making it an exceptional ornamental addition to any garden. However, it has a tendency to branch quite low and is often used in shelterbelts and hedges too.

It is primarily grown for its attractive flowers and pollination of other pear varieties, or as cold hardy rootstock, and is also an excellent addition to any shelterbelt.

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.

USSURIAN PEAR (SIBERIAN) QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN SYCAMORE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Height: 23 m (75 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: burgundy
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: high
Suckering: none
Suckering: none