Find out more about the sycamore tree below. 


Sycamore tree in peel park

Scientific name: Acer pseudoplatanus

Family: Sapindaceae

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Origin: non-native – introduced to UK by Romans or in Tudor era

Maximum height: 35 metres

Lives for: up to 400 years

We think this is a variety of sycamore called purple sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Purpureum’. Sycamore trees have winged fruits that are very distinctive; they are often called helicopters but they are officially known as samaras. Sycamore wood was used to make decoratively carved love spoons in Wales, which were given as romantic gifts.