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.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with American Sycamore 

            American Goldfinch     Barred Owl     Black-Capped Chickadee                       Dark-Eyed Junco     Great-Crested Flycatcher     Insectivorous Birds           Purple Finch     Wood Duck

Indigo Bunting in American Sycamore

Indigo Bunting in American Sycamore