An individual instance of Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
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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.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-702.

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Remarks:Cut down sometime around 2020.


Platanus occidentalis


sec. 1993

common name: American sycamore
family: Platanaceae
Identified 2014-08-23 by Steven J. Baskauf


upper Stevenson Center courtyard, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14514°, -86.80224°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - winter
whole tree (or vine) - winter
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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