Sycamore - Acer pseudoplatanus


    Large spreading tree to 30 metres. Leaves large, 10 to 25 cm across, palmately 5 to 7 lobed, the lobes pointed and coarsely toothed. Flowers yellowish green, 6 to 7 mm in narrow pendant panicles usually borne with the leaves. Fruit with wings at right angles.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows, roadsides, woods.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Naturalised and common throughout just about the whole of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 546 of the 617 tetrads.

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