Sunday, April 6, 2008

Camouflage Trunk

Does this look like a soldier's uniform or what?
No, this tree is not at war, but it is a young American Sycamore tree. I love the beautiful spots in different contrasts and different colors. These spots eventually peal back and fall away, reveling a beautiful smooth white trunk.

Let's Learn about the American Sycamore:

  • Lives on the Central to Eastern side of the U.S.
  • Massive fast growing tree can reach 100 feet.
  • Leaf resembles a maple leaf.
  • Bark looks like tan camouflage.
  • Likes moist soil and by streams (where I found mine).
  • Fruits are in the shape of round hanging 2" balls "buttonballs"
I did find some buttonballs on the ground and just a few still on the twigs at the top. The ones on the ground were very ripe and fell apart releasing thousands of little fuzzy things and made my fingers turn slightly orange. No matter, it's all in the name of nature discoveries!
I really enjoy this tree and cannot wait to see some leaves on it!