Platanus occidentalis                              

American Sycamore

 

Millersville University, W. Frederick Street & N. George Street (by the pond)

 

Christopher R. Hardy, Patrick J. Cooney

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At 115 feet in 2014, this Sycamore is the tallest cultivated tree on the Millersville University campus (a taller tree is reportedly in MU's Biological Preserve off Bishop Road along the Conestoga River).    DBH was about 80 inches in 2014; age is estimated at 121-154 years in 2019.   This tree is in MU's Trees of Distinction collection.

 

This amazing species is often planted in urban areas because of its ability to tolerate air pollution, its fast-growing provision of shade, and the ability of its roots to endure soil compaction.