Michigan Native: Yes
Sycamore trees are majestic in nature, averaging 40-100 feet in height and spreading 40-70 feet in width. They are fast growing, growing more than two feet a year. With its natural inclination to establish a sturdy trunk, it tends to have an aggressive root system, so be prepared to plant your sycamore at least 15 feet from your house or sidewalk. Planting it too close to surrounding structures not only threatens the tree’s health, but you also risk spending a bunch of money repairing any damage it may do to your home’s water lines, foundation, or driveway. Some sycamores develop multiple trunks. These trees are nicknamed “buttonball” trees because of the 1-inch balls that hang from the tree. These dry, hairy fruits hang in groups of 2-7 and encase small seeds. Their fruits will also drop in the fall. Sycamores are among the oldest species of trees on Earth, known for their longevity and hardiness.
18-24 in. tall