West Highland Flora

Sycamore


Acer pseudoplatanus

 

Acer pseudoplatanus

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Jun 2002 Portree, Skye

Not native but often planted and reproduces itself vigorously.  Common in woods and beside roads, especially near habitation.  Saplings common on waste ground.  Seedlings common in grassland around the mature trees.

Tree up to 30 m tall.  Flower panicle 5-20 cm long.

ID: Tree with large leaves (over 7 cm long) cut to about halfway into 5 irregularly toothed lobes.

Other features: Flowers yellowish in a hanging panicle, the female ones becoming the well-known winged fruits which flutter through the air when they fall.

 

Acer pseudoplatanus

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Flower panicle

 

Acer pseudoplatanus

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
 

Fruits

 

Acer pseudoplatanus

Photo Carl Farmer
4 May 2002 Broadford, Skye
 

Young leaves


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