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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    On a winter's day, the sight of the sycamore's bright white trunk against a blue sky is breathtaking. This tree can grow to massive proportions when well-sited and should be given plenty of space. This beautiful tree can be messy.

    Latin Name

    Platanus occidentalis



    Also Known As

    American Plane Tree , Buttonwood

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season





    Max Height: 100'
    Max Spread: 100'


  • Shade Tree
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun


  • Air Pollution
  • Deer

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Eastern and central United States


    Like many other historic luminaries of his time, Thomas Jefferson admired and planted the sycamore.

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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