The big sycamore in the upper Stevenson Courtyard is a landmark. With its amazing 29 m (95 ft.) crown spread and height of 27 m (89 ft.), it dominates the space, particularly in the winter when its white bark practically shines on a sunny day
. In overall size, it is in a virtual tie with the sycamore by Cole Hall
, which has a larger diameter.
Because of its distinctive white bark, this tree is apparent as a large tree in aerial photographs from the 1930's
. So it is undoubtedly well over 100 years old. However, it is not clear that it is large enough to predate the university. It is more likely that it dates from the original plantings in the early years after the university was founded.