I live in Philadelphia and have walked through many of our parks where American Sycamore trees abound. While there are many places that have become overgrown with vines and massive trees that have been killed by vines, I have never seen a sycamore tree with this ailment. Is there a reason for this? Are sycamore trees somehow resistant to or less savory to vines? I was also wondering about the reason that sycamore tree bark gets so white on the top even though the base remains speckled.
Sycamore Trees shed bark; the rate of this may appear darker or lighter on the trunk, depending on the age of the tree.
I don't know what vines you are referencing, but I would suggest you talking with your local County Extension Office. They can tell you the type of vine you mention as well as how to remove from your trees.
Sycamore tree sticky leaves and lots of bugs!
The sticky substance is Honey Dew, it's the residue from pests.
Do a bit more searching; likely culprits are Aphids, Mealy Bugs or soft Scale.
Treat with Neem Oil.
These links will help you.
Years ago my sycamore tree had beautiful leaves the size of a dinner plate. now they are very small and makes the tree look very thin. What should I do.
Start with a soil test. Your tree may have nutritional deficiencies responsible for small leaves. Here is an article that discusses tree fertilization. Check the website of your state extension service because each area of the country has particular soil needs. Routine fertilization will not correct current deficiency, just keep it from getting worse. A soil test will tell you how to correct any deficiencies. Regular watering of a tree that has been fertilized is very important.
Hi, In the county where we live the trees on the street in front of the house belong to the city, but homeowners are responsible for their care. I got the trees pruned by city approved arborist 4 years ago. How often should I get these tree pruned? Thanks for any input you have on this. Stephanie
There is no set time, really. You can prune as needed, and they will recover. They are very hardy trees.Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sycamore/sycamore-tree-care.htm
Can the bills that hange from the sycamore tree be used to grow new trees
Yes, but have care, and wear a mask. These can cause some irritation to the lungs. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sycamore/sycamore-tree-care.htm
G'day from Australia. I have a couple of American Sycamore (Platanus (occidentalis)seed balls and just wanted to know if the seeds are the hundreds of small little round things on the outside of the ball or is it inside attached to the stalk? Thanks for your help.
I found an article with great pictures. https://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/platanaceae/platanus-occidentalis/american-sycamore-29
The fluffy hairs can be irritating if inhaled. Wearing a mask is advised or shake/pound the seeds free in a paper bag.
The seeds surround a small seed head.
Hi I was wondering if you could shed any light on this I was recently in the woods during a sustained rainy day. We noticed what looked like soap suds runing down sycamore trees and wondered what that might or what it might be caused by. Amongst our first thoughts were is there something wrong with the tree this toxic or harmful to plants /animals/ people. These trees all seemed to have a diameters from 12 -18 inches and appeared to be very tall. Most appeared to have Tar-spot or some thing similar affecting the leaves.
That is nothing to worry about and is just the rain dissolving chemicals from the bark of the tree as it runs down. Air combines to form foam. You see similar foaming where water runs across rocks in a waterfall.