Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus - sycamore

The sycamore, native to central Europe, is a beautiful tree which can live to over 300 years; in maturity its domed crown achieves magnificent proportions. The leaves are large and bright green, with 5 lobes, similar in shape to the native Norway maple (A. platanoides), though the sycamore’s leaf lobes are more tapered and their edges rounder. In Finland the summers are usually too short for the foliage to take on autumn colour. Even when bare of leaves, the species is easy to identify by its buds, which remain green.