Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Acer pseudoplatanus

Also known as: Sycamore Maple

Native: Central and southern Europe

Location: Cultivated as a shelter tree in town streets and parks and for its timber which is used to make many small items from violins to wooden spoons and as a veneer.

Foliage

Leaves have five lobes, but may be only 3-lobed on some older fruiting trees. Leaf-stalks may be red or pinkish yellow.

Flowers

Acer pseudoplatanus

Flowers open in April in hanging spikes 6-12cm long.

Fruits

Acer pseudoplatanus

Fruit have wings 2.5cm long which often turn bright red during the summer.