- Acer pseudoplatanus L.
- Maple family
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture
Sycamore maple is a large deciduous tree; it grows as high as 100
feet, and its spreading branches bear opposite, 5 lobed, coarsely
crenate-serrate leaves which resemble those of the sycamore tree.
The leaves are dark green on top, pale and whitish beneath. The yellowish-green
flowers grow in hanging racemes, producing eventually the winged fruit
characteristic of the maples.
Found in mountainous and upland areas of Europe and western Asia
and cultivated to some extent in the United States.
Legends, Myths and Stories
This tree has characteristics of the sycamore but it is a maple tree.
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) grows to 150 feet with bark that
is mottled, multi-colored, and peeling. Fruits are globular.
The bark has mild astringent properties and has been used to make
a wash for skin problems and an eyewash for sore
eyes. The inner bark of the tree, containing the sweet sap, can
be used as dressing for wounds.