About the Columbia Sycamore Tree

A widely adaptable and disease-resistant shade tree that makes a statement!

The ‘Columbia’ was developed in 1984 to resist the diseases that so often plagued Platanus Acerifolia. Also called, Buttonwood, Buttonball or American Planetree, this Sycamore is a large tree with a massive, upright trunk and large, crooked spreading white branches that sprout fruit balls with spiky spheres.

How to Grow A Columbia Sycamore Tree

Columbia Sycamore in full sun, with rich soil. It tolerates clay and periodically wet soils. However, once established, it will adapt to a very wide array of soil types.

The Columbia Sycamore grows at a moderate to rapid rate, 2' per year, and is long-lived. These stately landscape trees can grow 75 to 100' with a similar or greater spread. Under ideal conditions, it can attain heights of 175' and may have a trunk 10 to 14' in diameter. This Sycamore is highly resistant to anthracnose and mildew.

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Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Zone Range 5 - 9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 75 - 100' tall x 75 - 100' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 75 - 100' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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