Acer pseudoplatanus – Sycamore (central Europe)
Habit: A splendid large tree, broadly round crown, 20-25 (40) m tall, 12-15 (20) m wide; main branches reaching upwards, twigs arching upwards to horizontal, slightly drooping in the lower crown region; initially fast-growing, 80-130 cm, later 40 cm a year.
Flowers: Greenish flowers racemes after leaves shoot, May.
Fruits: Inconspicuous fruits.
Leaves: Five-lobed, shoots around two weeks later than A. platanoides, mid-May; dull, dark green, bright yellow in October.
Roots: Deep roots, easy to transplant and grows well; sensitive to soil compaction; tolerates being covered with a loose substrate.
Demands: Sun to light shade, for cool or cold and humid areas, frost hardy; sensitive to heat and drought; wind resistant.
Soil: Fresh to moist; on all substrates except poor sand, heavy loam or clay.
Note: Never cut in spring as it has many flowers. Acer pseudoplatanus is very sensitive to being planted alone suddenly when it is old.
Hardiness: Zone 4