Sycamore – Famous for Camouflage Patterned Bark
Why Sycamore (Platanus Occidentalis)?
Platanus occidentalis is indigenous to the eastern and central parts of the United States. It is also known as the American sycamore, the occidental plane, the American planetree, buttonwood, the western plane, and water beech. The speckled bark of an American sycamore tree peels away in vast, irregular chunks, making the surface of the tree seem mottled and various shades of gray, greenish-white, and brown. This feature allows the tree to be differentiated from other species of trees.
Indigenous peoples of North America used Sycamore for a wide range of therapeutic applications, including but not limited to treatments for gynecological, respiratory, and gastrointestinal issues.
Although it has a coarse grain and is difficult to work with, it has been used to manufacture furniture and musical instruments. Its primary usage, however, has been in constructing boxes and crates.
The American sycamore can tolerate the atmosphere of a big city and was formerly widely planted as a shade tree.
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