Sycamore Trees
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sycamore tree seeds

Zone Jarrettsville, MD | TrishT added on January 8, 2016 | Answered

I would like to know exactly which part of the "ball" from sycamore trees is the actual seed? Is it the end of the "hairy" fibers or the hard little ball in the middle of the entire ball? I've been collecting them, and my husband thinks it's the "hair" like spikes, and I think it's the hard seed in the middle of the ball. I've attached a photo, left or middle? Thank you for your time. Trish Tiedeman

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 8, 2016

Sorry Trish, your husband is right on this one!

The seeds are called Achenes, they are 'hairy' so that they are very light and can be carried by the wind or float in water.
Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sycamore/sycamore-tree-care.htm
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/american_sycamore.htm

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TrishT
Answered on January 8, 2016

Thank you for your quick answer. It's ok that hubby is right, this time. :D So the little middle hard ball is useless?

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