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Old 06-10-2017, 03:22 PM
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Old 07-04-2017, 01:18 PM
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Trunk looks sycamore, leaves look maple.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Padgett2 View Post
Looks like a sycamore to me too. Can you post a picture of a leaf? Then, we could make a more positive ID.
Me, too. Sycamores and maples are closely related, but are different species. Their leaves are similar to a maple's but differ. Most maples have rougher bark that is darker than in the photo, and that's my main giveaway that they are sycamores.

Both are great shade trees that are hardy in many different climates.

Interestingly, both make excellent tone wood for stringed instruments. Maple has been the traditional wood used for violin family instruments for centuries, but most of the 'European Maple' sold these days is actually sycamore, and as a tone wood, it's equal in all respects.

Both are also very high quality furniture woods and both have a beautiful blonde color, often with a pronounced tiger-stripe flame in the wood, and sometimes some even more spectacular grain patterns that look like clouds, bubbles or the singular bird's eye figuring.

One interesting use for the wood is lampshades. When it is cut very thinly, the wood becomes translucent, and when lit, turns a brilliant crimson red when light shines through it, and any tiger-striping looks black. When the light is off, it has the typical white-blond color of wood when it's thicker. This was a very popular and fashionable look back in the 1930s in home furnishings.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:24 AM
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When I first moved down to Arkansas from Minnesota in 2012, I was amazed at all the birch trees along the highway in lower areas.( I have one in my back yard by a creek )

I asked my neighbor why the Arkansas birch only get white on the upper half of the tree.

He laughed and said..............." that is a sycamore tree in your back yard "
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:55 PM
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They aren't American Sycamores - the bark is slightly wrong. We call them London Plane trees - they are a hybrid.

Sycamores per se (not American Sycamores) are not plane trees but are maple (and are actually called "Sycamore Maples" in the USA) and have smoother, uniform gray (not patchy) bark and exude a sticky residue from their leaves, which are a darker green (acer pseudoplatanus).

The trees shown are London Planes (platanus x acerfolia) - which are a little different from the American Sycamore (platanus occidentalis). While both have patchy peeling bark, with the lighter color underneath, the London Plane patches are smoother while the American Sycamore is slightly more bumpy on the patches. Also, the American Sycamore can have a brilliant white bark in the underlayer, whereas the London Planes shown often have less white and more cream/light tan in the under layer. This is most noticeable when they grow next to each other (garden centers sometimes ell you both types in a lot as one type).

So they are not Sycamores - and while they could be confused for American Sycamores they are not in this case, they are London Plane trees.

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Old 07-14-2017, 11:14 AM
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4 year old thread and so far no one has given the correct answer

Closest tree is Ralph. Next one back is George. Third one is Edgar
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