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Black Locust vs American Sycamore

Robinia pseudoacacia

Platanus occidentalis

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Black Locust
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Black Locust is an attractive tree. Its distinctive leaves are made of about a dozen bright green leaflets. It also notable for its fragrant white flowers, which smell of citrus.

Black Locust can grow in many situations, but prefers dry areas with lots of sun. It is robust and is an excellent choice for establishing shade in dry, open areas.

Important note: Much of the Black Locust is toxic to humans and livestock, including seeds, bark, and leaves.

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.

BLACK LOCUST QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN SYCAMORE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Height: 23 m (75 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in a pyramidal shape bloom in may-june
Bark: dark reddish brown to balck with furrows
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: high
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: false acacia, yellow locust


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