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The Sycamore Maple a


A. pseudo-platanus, Linn.

The sycamore maple is another European immigrant, whose broad leaf is thick and leathery in texture, and pale underneath. Its late-opening flowers are borne in long racemes, followed by the small key fruits which cling to the twigs over winter, making the tree look dingy and untidy. This tree has not the hardiness nor the com pact form of the Norway maple, and it is subject to the attack of borers.

It is the "sycamore" of Europe, famed as a lumber and an avenue tree abroad, but with us it proves short-. lived, and we have no reason for choosing it. The copious seed production of the far preferable Norway maple puts it within the reach of all.