Audubon® American Sycamore
Shipping Autumn of 2021
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
For birds, a grand old American Sycamore is the perfect place to perch and survey the world below. This regal tree grows quickly to become a dominant feature of the forest (or of your landscape) and is a true friend to wildlife. Cavity-nesting birds like owls, woodpeckers, and wood ducks often find a home in the hollows that form in old trees. And finches, chickadees, and juncos eat the seeds that hang in fluffy “buttonballs” from the branches in fall and winter. The Cerulean Warbler—possibly threatened—prefers to feed and nest at great heights and favors Sycamore Trees.
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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The mighty Sycamore Tree inhabits a large area of the eastern U.S., from Maine to Florida and west to southern Minnesota and Texas. Wherever it finds a sunny, moist site in which to germinate and grow, it has the potential to be the most massive and impressive tree in all the land. Few of the true giants remain, such as the incredible specimen George Washington reported seeing as he travelled down the Ohio River one day. On an island in the river, he found a Sycamore measuring nearly 13 feet in diameter. Other trees, larger still and hollow inside, have been used in the past to shelter livestock, or to even house a pioneer family until a log cabin could be built!
Also known as the Buttonball Tree, the Sycamore Tree carries its seeds in fluffy balls that dangle from the branches. These seed balls may attract native birds to your yard, such as purple finches, goldfinches, chickadees, and juncos.
How to Grow
The fast-growing Sycamore Tree is easy to grow in a sunny site in average to moist soil. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System and feed your tree annually with Elements™ Fertilizer for best results. Give Sycamore plenty of elbow room. It can be used as a street tree, although the look-alike you often see on city streets is usually the London Plane Tree, a hybrid tree with Sycamore as a parent. One issue that may occur with Sycamore is a disease called anthracnose, which sounds worse than it is. It causes the new growth to die back as if hit by frost. The tree will simply resprout new leaves to replace the damaged ones. The disease is more likely to occur in particularly cool, wet springs.
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