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Acer pseudoplatanus - Sycamore Maple

Native to central Europe, Acer pseudoplatanus was first introduced to the UK in the 15th century by the romans. Since then, it has become an important source of food and shelter for our wildlife. Smooth when young, the bark is a dark grey and becomes cracked as it ages. The seed is extremely fertile and has quickly spread across the UK, colonising woodlands.

Large dark green leaves with yellow-green catkin like flowers appear in spring followed by green winged fruit in autumn. The Sycamore does well in almost all soil types and will tolerate air pollution, drought, wind and salt, making it a very useful plant in coastal locations.

Plant Profile

Name: Acer pseudoplatanus

Common Name: Sycamore Maple

Family: Sapindaceae

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