Sunlight on sycamore tree leaves


Sycamores are wonderfully hardy and robust trees, growing in places that would stunt most others. Introduced to Britain from Europe sometime during the Middle Ages, they spread rapidly and colonised new areas. Sycamore trees posses a shadiness that helped them to quickly become a favourite of parks, avenues, gardens and farms. The autumn is when sycamore trees really stand out. The winged seeds playfully descend to earth like little helicopters and the the dark green five-lobed leaves turn a beautiful deep golden colour.

Scientific name: Acer pseudoplatanus

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Maple sycamore,
  • Plane tree,
  • Sycamore maple

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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