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Old 11-23-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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Sycamores.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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agree with stevo6: sycamores, possibly "sycamore maples"

Aren't they lovely? Especially the bark.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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Yep, those are Sycamore trees, Platanus occidentalis. The bark is very distinctive. It's normally a floodplain tree, but it does well in city landscapes.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:20 PM
 
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Not a trre person but I had tons of those trees on 5 acres I once owned ...was told they were BIRCH..White Birch!
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:21 AM
 
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Birch is usually a multi-trunked tree, and the diameter of the trunks is never as large as seen in this photo. Also, white birch doesn't have these big patches of bark color. The sycamore has smooth bark, while that of birch seems to be more of the type that peels laterally.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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Not a trre person but I had tons of those trees on 5 acres I once owned ...was told they were BIRCH..White Birch!
These are definitely NOT birch trees. In the photo, note the tree limb in the upper left corner of the photo. Birch trees do not have mottled bark like Sycamore trees. Sycamore is pretty much the only native tree with such mottled back characteristics. (A good way to remember the name is because the tree looks a little "sick".) I think there are some trees from Australia with a somewhat similar appearance, but these are older street trees and Sycamores have been used quite prevalently as street trees since they tolerate urban conditions rather well.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Looks like a sycamore to me too. Can you post a picture of a leaf? Then, we could make a more positive ID.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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Looks like a sycamore to me too. Can you post a picture of a leaf? Then, we could make a more positive ID.
You can see the leaves in the photo- they are a little bit like maple leaves. Definitely Sycamore.
An arborist might call these trees "London Planes", which is I think technically more correct.

This from the web: "The common name for the genus is 'plane' in British English, 'sycamore' or 'planetree' in American English. Variations of 'platane', 'platano' are used in much of Europe, names derived from the Greek 'platanos' or 'platus', meaning broad, and referring to the leaves. 'Chinar', 'chenar' or other variations of the Persian name are used in the region from Turkey to Kashmir. In Kashmir itself, the name 'buin' (derived from the goddess Bhavani) was originally used. In Arabic, the name 'dulb' is used (though the name is also sometimes applied to some maples)."

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Old 11-25-2013, 03:05 PM
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Sycamores are one of my favorite trees. Their seeds and leaves have a unique fragrance.
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