American Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
Native to USA
State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
Medium to large-sized deciduous tree, ranging from 60 to 100 feet in height, with a 60 to 100-foot spread. The American Sycamore is known for its camouflage looking-bark, broad foliage, and fuzzy fruit; which is in the shape of a ping pong ball and is filled with seeds. The seeds are eaten by a number of birds including the Dark-Eyed Junco. The American Sycamore is often used by cavity nesters, such as the Wood Duck and Barred Owl. This tree plays host to and attracts a sizeable list of insects and caterpillars (which will in turn attract insectivorous birds). Birds often like to perch in the many branches of the American Sycamore tree.