How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Sycamore, London plane tree—Platanus spp.
Family Platanaceae (Plane tree family)
Sycamore is a fast-growing deciduous tree
reaching 30 to 40 feet tall. It has large lobed maple-like
leaves. Seed pods in the form of fuzzy ball-like clusters
hang from the branches in winter. Trees can be pollarded
to develop a lower canopy.
Optimum conditions for growth
Trees are adapted to a wide range of climate
zones. They tolerate most soils and do best in full sun with
some deep watering in the summer. Most varieties can be affected
by anthracnose and powdery mildew. If trees are regularly
pollarded, choose the cultivar 'Yarwood' as it is highly
resistant to powdery mildew and its susceptibility to anthracnose
will be controlled by pruning.
Leaf of California sycamore (above)
California sycamore, Platanus racemosa