Mystery plant 006

The common name of this tree varies depending on where you live.  The limbs of a mature tree are striking during its dormant period.

When you can identify this plant, share both the common and scientific names in a comment below.  Also, please share any personal experience you’ve had with this tree.


Mature tree in dormant period


Trunk with bark


Limbs with fruits


Tree’s fruit


Close-up of seeds from fruit


Tree limbs during summer




ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

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2 Responses to Mystery plant 006

  1. Denise MacMillan says:

    Scientific name: Platanus occidentalis
    Commonly known as Sycamore, American Plane, Buttonwood or Lacewood.
    It is one of my favorite trees !

  2. Angelyn says:

    Denise, you are correct. Thanks for all the common names, too.

    Here’s another curious piece of information. According to The Tree Book by Gina Ingoglia, “the London planetree (Platanus x acerifolia) is a hybrid of the sycamore tree of the eastern United States and the oriental planetree of southeastern Europe and Asia Minor.” No wonder I was confused when I saw the London planetree (in London, England) and thought I was seeing a sycamore. In a way, I was!

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