Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2 - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis

April 2 - Sycamore

The Sycamore flowers open in April in a hanging type of small flower. Both male and female flowers appear on the same tree. This is called an monoecious tree. The flowers appear with the leaves in April. The leaves are three to 5 lobed with large teeth on the edges. The leaves are 6-10 inches, alternate and simple.
and there is the beautiful bark.
The American Indians used the Sycamore trees for canoes. The trunks were dug out for use as a canoe. One canoe was reported to be 65 feet long and weighed 9000 pounds.

Many birds and small mammals eat the fruits of the sycamore tree. Plant a sycamore tree and provide food for the animals.


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