American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds
American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds
American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds
American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds
American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds
American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds

American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis Moon Tree 200 Seeds

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The American Sycamore is a large tree with light green leaves and ornamental bark. It is a wide-canopied, deciduous tree, 75-100 ft. tall, with a massive trunk and open crown of huge, crooked branches. The bark of large, old trunks sloughs off in scales or plates leaving a smooth, whitish inner bark. Leaves broadly ovate or broader, blade often wider than long, long pointed. Globular fruits often persist through December. Large, medium- to dark-green, maple-shaped leaves turn brown in fall. A shade tree, Sycamore grows to a larger trunk diameter than any other native hardwood. The present champions trunk is about 11 feet (3.4 m) in diameter; an earlier giant was nearly 15 feet (4.6 m). The hollow trunks of old, giant trees were homes for chimney swifts in earlier times.

The seeds are from a Moon Tree. The Moon Trees are trees that were grown from seeds that were flown on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. The seeds were on the command module which orbited the moon and then returned to Earth. The tree is located on the campus of the University of Florida.

Growing Instructions

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

  1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 2-3 months.
  2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
  3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil about ¼ inch thick. The seeds need light to germinate.
  4. Water the container and leave it to drain.
  5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
  6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet.
  7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.

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