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Bare Root American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

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Large, North American, deciduous tree 
Description: Large, lobed, medium-green leaves can grow up to 10” across; insignificant flowers followed by long-stalked fruiting balls; bark exfoliates to reveal bright white inner bark 
Habit: Grows 75 to 100 feet high and wide in favorable growing conditions 
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and average to consistently moist soils 
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 
Origin: North America 
Attributes: Deer resistant, winter interest 

Recorded as early as 1636, this fast-growing, long-lived giant of eastern North American forests is often found in lowlands and along waterways, where its gleaming white bark is easily identifiable in the winter landscape. Also called Buttonwood, this native tree was offered in the 1783 Catalogue from Philadelphia’s Bartram garden and nursery. Thomas Jefferson listed the “Plane-tree” as an Ornamental native plant in his Notes on the State of Virginia (1781), and sent seeds to his French friend, Madame de Tessé in 1805, saying “a noble tree for shade, of fine form, its bark of a paper-white when old, and of very quick growth.”

This plant will ship bare root.  Approximately 2' tall. 

Bare root planting tips:

~  If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~  Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~  Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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