Acer pseudoplatanus, size Medium, on our nursery
Acer pseudoplatanus, size Medium, on our nursery
Catkin like flower and foliage of the Sycamore
Foliage of Acer pseudoplatanus
Mature Acer pseudoplatanus planted in a field
Acer pseudoplatanus during the winter
Medium Sycamore  from this batch

Acer pseudoplatanus


Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Product Details

Acer pseudoplatanus, known as Sycamore to most, is the native tree we love to hate!  Sycamore has been long naturalised in Britain, providing a staple back drop to many estates, parklands and hedgerows throughout the country.  The large, lobed Maple like leaves sometimes aid it to conceal itself as a less contrived variety of tree, however when the distinctive double winged samara (keys or helicopters) are produced it struggles to hide its identify from the masses any further!

Acer pseudoplatanus is an extremely fast growing tree for the first 20 years of its life and can reach heights of above 20m.  The stigma attached to planting Sycamore is related to its propensity to self-seed and indeed its vigour to ensure that it will prevail, come what may!  For this reason, this tree will thrive in almost any conditions that it is subjected to; direct sunlight, exposed conditions, salt laden wind and poor soil.

There are very few species to choose from when selecting trees for coastal conditions and for this quality alone Sycamore proves its worth as one of the UKs most durable trees.

There are many clones of Acer pseudoplatanus available, from smaller growing, regular shaped varieties such as Negenia, to the varying foliage colours of Spaethii, Leopoldii and Worleii.  For exposed sites that need specimen trees with colour and interest, look no further than the Sycamore varieties and please don’t let the stigma of this native beauty get the better of you.

As a word of caution, recent research has identified the foliage and samara of Sycamore to be poisonous to horses and therefore they should not be planted in and around paddocks.

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Coastal, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags

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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.