Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore

 

Robert Fulton Birthplace, 1932 Robert Fulton highway (Rt. 222), Quarryville PA

 

Scott Peiffer

 

This tree, about 85 feet tall and 17 feet in trunk circumference, was estimated to be 275 years old a decade ago. Robert Fulton of steamboat fame was born in 1765, so the tree was alive then. This sycamore has been nominated to America’s registry of historic trees.

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This amazing species, although long-lived, can grow to a mature height of 100 feet within a mere 20 years.