Acer pseudoplatanus Seeds
Sycamore, Sycamore Maple
Acer pseudoplatanus, Sycamore (or Sycamore Maple, to distinguish it from other plants called sycamore) is a species of maple native to central Europe and southwestern Asia, from France east to Ukraine, and south in mountains to northern Spain, northern Turkey, and the Caucasus. In Scotland, the Sycamore is known as the Plane tree, although it is not a member of the Platanus genus. Its apparent similarity to the plane led to its being named pseudoplatanus, using the prefix pseudo- (from the Ancient Greek for "false"). It is a large deciduous tree that reaches 20–35 m tall at maturity, with a broad, domed crown. On young trees, the bark is smooth and grey but becomes rougher with age and breaks up in scales, exposing the pale-brown-to-pinkish inner bark.
Maples are unrivalled for their autumn foliage colouring and variety of leaf shapes and textures. Maples are a very popular choice for the art of bonsai and many are compact enough for the average garden. Their flowers are green, yellow, orange or red and though individually small, the effect of an entire tree in flower can be striking in several species. Bark is another feature of some maples, although usually smooth grey or greenish, in the group known as the ‘snake bark maples’ it has longitudinal grey or red-brown stripes and in others it is flaky or papery. Most of the approximate 129 species come from East Asia, particularly China, where over 80 species can be found, Japan, with more than 20 species, and the eastern Himalayas. Most species are deciduous, but a few in southern Asia and the Mediterranean region are evergreen. Most maples prefer a cool, moist climate with ample rainfall in spring and summer. A planting position sheltered from strong winds suits them best. For best autumn colour, grow them in a neutral to acid soil. Propagation is generally from seed but grafting is also an option. Seed germination is aided by stratification.
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The Acer genus includes, but is not limited to the following species. Acer acuminatum, Acer aidzuense, Acer albopurpurascens, Acer ambiguum, Acer barbatum, Acer caesium, Acer calcaratum, Acer campbellii, Acer campestre, Acer fabri, Acer fedschenkoanum, Acer fengii, Acer fenzelianum, Acer flabellatum, Acer floridanum, Acer garrettii, Acer ginnala, Acer giraldii, Acer heldreichii, Acer henryi, Acer hersii, Acer hyrcanum, Acer insulare, Acer japonicum, Acer kiukiangense, Acer komarovii, Acer kuomeii, Acer lampingense, Acer mono, Acer monspessulanum, Acer morifolium, Acer nayongense, Acer negundo, Acer nigrum, Acer pubescens, Acer rubrum, Acer rufinerve, Acer saccharinum, Acer saccharum, Acer sempervirens, Acer shihweii, Acer shirasawanum, Acer sichourense, Acer sieboldianum, Acer sikkimense, Acer sinense, Acer sino-oblongum, Acer sinopurpurascens, Acer skutchii, Acer spicatum, Acer stachyophyllum, Acer sterculiaceum, Acer sunyiense, Acer sutchuenense, Acer sycopseoides, Acer syriacum and Acer tschonoskii.