Sycamore

Acer pseudoplatanus

About

Sycamore is a tall tree of parklands, hedgerows and woods. It was introduced into the UK from Europe sometime in the 15th or 16th century and has become naturalised since then, as well as being widely planted. Due to its winged seeds (well known as 'helicopters' to many children) that are produced in profusion in mature trees, and its adaptability, it is able to colonise all kinds of habitats, from waste ground to woodland.

How to identify

Sycamore is a tall, domed tree of the maple family. Its five-lobed leaves have toothed margins and characteristic red stalks.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

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How can people help

Although Sycamore is not a native tree and can become invasive in certain, sensitive habitats, it provides an important link in the food chain for many animals, as well as a place for shelter and nesting. The Wildlife Trusts recognise the importance of healthy habitats to support all kinds of species throughout the food chain, so look after many nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from coppicing to craft-making, stockwatching to surveying.

Species information

Common name
Sycamore
Latin name
Acer pseudoplatanus
Category
Trees and shrubs
Statistics
Height: up to 35m
Conservation status
Introduced species.