Platanus occidentalis



Quarryville Elementary School,  211 South Hess Street, Quarryville PA


Scott Peiffer, Kathleen Hood


This tree is a certified direct descendant of the sycamore under which Martin Luther King Jr. gathered with 3,200 supporters at Brown Chapel in Selma AL on March 20, 1965. The nonviolent demonstrators then marched 54 miles over five days to the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery, by which time their ranks had swollen to 25,000.


This amazing species lives so long that a gnarled sycamore, still living today, provided ample shade to General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette on September 6, 1777 while they spoke of troop deployments before the ill-fated Battle of Brandywine.