The remains of the Sycamore Tree in Egypt have been found to date back as far as 3000 BC. Also with this sycamore tree it’s about 60 feet high, and everytime we get a little wind, or a storm, this tree drops ton of big limbs, and decent size branches. Email @ [email protected] The wood is somewhat strong but difficult to work and can warp when seasoned. Invasive Species: Understanding the Characteristics, Plant Health: Skimpy Spruce - Defoliation from the Bottom Up, Wildlife Connections: Moths and Butterflies, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Our History Sycamore Trust was established in the summer of 2006 by a group of Notre Dame alumni concerned by mounting evidence of the weakening of the Catholic identity of the university. In River Birch-Sycamore (Society of American Foresters Type 61) the associate trees include sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides), red maple (Acer rubrum), … (Marker Number 32-11.) It is often seen clinging to a streambank with its roots exposed on the muddy bank. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) (American planetree, buttonwood, American sycamore, button-ball tree) is one of Iowa's largest trees; it attains diameters of 4-7 feet and heights of over 100 feet. Native Americans used American sycamore for dugout canoes. The London plane tree (P. x acerifolia) is a hybrid with an Asian sycamore species, and it has existed since the 1600s. But the patterns seen when researchers compare plant molecular “fingerprints” have provided some unexpected results. Some of the caskets of mummies in Egypt are made from the wood of this tree. It sprouts. Local tradition holds that there had been a succession of sycamore trees at that site used as a landmark or point of reference since the road was an Indian path and that George Washington rested there in 1791. Remains of sycamore begin to appear in predynastic era from the start of the third millennium BCE. Apparently so, you can find pictures of early 20th Century wooden washers on the Internet. It is a common sight along stream courses, farmsteads, parks and city streets. Sycamore is certainly among the first trees that anyone learns to identify. Wood of a Sycamore Tree The sycamore trees are broad, thus giving us an excellent shade. Although it is a very small family comprised of the single genus Platanus,  it has an interesting prehistory. Research   /   In the Story of Sinuhe, Sinuhe's name (“Son of the Sycamore”) is seen as providing an important link in understanding the story. Invasive Species: Good News on the EAB Front! It has many uses. Ancient Egyptians cultivated this tree "almost exclusively." Cf. Ancient Egyptians cultivated this tree "almost exclusively." Thutmose III suckled by Isis in the form of a sycamore. Gracing the front lawn of our farm is a magnificent 400 plus year old Sycamore Tree (also known as the George Washington Sycamore tree and the Buttonball tree) This tree has its place in history too. It is thought to have been introduced to the UK by the Romans. Sycamores over 12 feet in diameter have been recorded! In numerous cases the parched fruiting bodies, known as sycons, bear characteristic gashing marks indicating that this art, which induces ripening, was practiced in Egypt in ancient times. This means that the tree reaches reproductive maturity rather young, flowers profusely, and produces very numerous light & aerodynamic fruit. Piano and organ cases were also made of sycamore wood. North America has two other species of Platanus- one in California and one in Arizona. https://ancientegypt.fandom.com/wiki/Sycamore?oldid=10534. In the tomb of Tuthmosis III, a sycamore tree is shown nursing the king himself. Life history Species overview. Sycamore is plagued by insect pests like the sycamore tussock moth, aphids, bagworms, and thrips. Digital Media Library, The plant family containing all these is the Platanaceae. Probably 50 years older than the charcoal iron furnace that was built nearby, this sycamore began life sometime between 1736 and 1746. In America, during the Battle of Brandywine in 1777, a 168 year old sycamore tree in Brandywine Battlefield Park, Pennsylvania, sheltered large troops of General Washington. In ancient Egypt, the Sycamore Tree was called the “Fig of Pharaoh.” Wind pollination is the rule. A member of the Sapindaceae, sycamore maple bears the same distinctive leaves as the common New York trees red maple and sugar maple. The tree in art was often shown giving food and water to the deceased. The original town was platted by a New Yorker named Christian Sharer. There are three basic types of sycamore: North American Sycamore, British sycamore and Middle Eastern sycamore. Typical of bottomland trees, sycamore is tolerant of the compacted heavy clay soil so common in urban and suburban areas. Jesus told him to come down for he was coming to his house! Capable of growing to 100 feet, this tall tree has irregular, scaly, flaky bark which when peeled off reveals a slightly orange cambium. Departments & Units   /   The perianth of the flower (what in a plant with showy flowers might be the sepals & petals) is in sycamore highly modified into a cluster of hairs. Urban Forest Initiative125 T.P. Nevertheless, it is on the alluvial soils of the lower Ohio River and Mississippi, and other southern bottomlands, that sycamore attains its greatest size. The London planetree looks very similar to our sycamore, and is in fact a hybrid with sycamore as one of the parent species (It is Platanus x acerifolia; the other parent is an East Asian species called Oriental planetree). As the winery became a brewery, new buildings crowded the tree's spreading branches, leading to excess pruning. A mill was constructed and the Kishwaukee dammed but the town failed. The enormous size of a sycamore tree makes it impractical for the average home landscape, but they make great shade trees in parks, along stream banks and in other open areas. Both are found in cool shady canyons or along streams, like their eastern cousin. But in fact the sycamores are only very distantly related to these trees. It was the ancient Egyptian Tree of Life. In the South it grows in floodplain forests with sweetgum, sugarberry, elms, pecan, green ash, silver maple, willow, and a number of bottomland oaks. Noteworthy Characteristics. As we wrote in a related piece : It is also somewhat tolerant of urban conditions like air pollution, although it is sensitive to ozone. 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