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Douglas Maple vs American Sycamore

Acer glabrum

Platanus occidentalis

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Douglas Maple
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Douglas Maple is a fast growing, long lived, ornamental tree. It can take on a shrubby or multi-stemmed form with densely packed leaves, making it an excellent tree for privacy screens and hedges.

In the fall, the leaves make a brilliant change to red, orange, or yellow depending on the tree and its sun exposure. Douglas Maple's compact size makes it ideal for planting in urban yards and under power lines.

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.

DOUGLAS MAPLE QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN SYCAMORE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 23 m (75 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: high
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: box maple, dwarf maple, new mexico maple, rock maple, rocky mountain maple, sierra maple


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Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes