How to Plant a Sycamore Tree


The sycamore is a deciduous tree that is easy to recognize. It's the one with the white bark that peels off in large pieces, exposing darker bark beneath. The seed pods, fuzzy balls, hang from the tree like Christmas ornaments. Sycamores grow fast and can reach heights of up to 100 feet tall and almost as wide. Keep this in mind when choosing a site in which to plant your sycamore tree, which should be done six weeks before the first expected fall frost.

Step 1

Choose a location in your garden, away from overhead power lines, that gets full sun all day.

Step 2

Prepare the planting area by digging into the soil with the garden fork, turning the soil and loosening any large clods.

Step 3

Add a 3-inch layer of compost to the existing soil and, using the garden fork, mix it in well.

Step 4

Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot in which the sycamore tree is growing. Tip the pot over on its side and gently slide the tree from it. Place the roots into the hole and fill it halfway with soil.

Step 5

Fill the planting hole with water and allow it to drain. This will help to settle the soil around the roots and remove air pockets. When the water has drained, finish filling the hole.

Step 6

Lay down a 3-inch layer of mulch at the base of the tree. Apply it so that it doesn't touch the bark, at least 3 inches from the trunk of the tree.

Step 7

Flood the sycamore with water and give it 1 inch of water a week until the first frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Mulch


  • Fairfax County Public Schools: American Sycamore
  • North Carolina State University: Planting Techniques for Trees and Shrubs
  • "The Gardener's Guide to Planting and Growing Trees;" Michael Buffin; 2007
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