Facts about Sycamore maple tree

19 facts about Sycamore maple tree
Sycamore growing in the open space begins to bloom at the age of 25-30 years.
In a compact stand - at about 40 years old.
The sycamore fruit is a double samara with a spherical nut and wings set at a slightly acute angle.
The wings are 3 - 5 cm (1,18 - 1,96 in) long and fall apart when ripe. The sycamore bears fruit abundantly every other year, with the fruit ripening between September and October.
The sycamore wood is very light, yellowish-white to almost white, glossy, with distinct rings and vessels visible to the naked eye.
It turns yellow when exposed to sunlight. Wood is hard but very flexible, medium strength, difficult to split, prone to warping and cracking, sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. It is easy to work with, easy to bend, polish, dye, difficult to glue and highly flammable.
Sycamore wood is valued in the furniture and wood-turning industries.
It is used to make furniture, windows, haberdashery and musical instruments such as violins and some parts of pianos.
The two tallest sycamore trees in Europe grow in Denmark and England.
Both trees measure about 40 m (131 ft). Two slightly lower specimens are found in the Netherlands and Germany, with heights of 37 m and 36.9 m respectively (~121 ft).
The sycamore maple is a relatively long-lived tree that grows quite fast.
It reaches an age of 250-350 (up to 500) years. The growth rate is 50-100 cm per year and is rapid up to an age of about 20 years, and then it gradually slows down. At the age of about 100 years, the trees practically stop growing in height.
The sycamore maple is a melliferous plant.
It is popularly planted in parks for ornamental purposes and sometimes as a street tree, as it is tolerant of air pollution. Its wind tolerance means that the sycamore is often planted in coastal areas as a windbreak.
In the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset, England grows a sycamore tree, under which six English farmers, known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, formed a trade union in 1834.
They were accused of violating the Unlawful Oaths Act of 1797 and transported to Australia. However, a public outcry led to their release and return to the country. The tree's age is dated 1680, and its trunk circumference is 5.9 m (19,35 ft).
The English Sycamore Gap Tree also called the Robin Hood Tree, is a popular photo subject, one of the most photographed trees in England.
It grows next to the former defensive fortifications of the Roman province of Britannia (Hadrian's Wall) in Northumberland, in a very spectacular ravine. It owes its alternative name Robin Hood from its appearance in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This sycamore was named Tree of the Year in England in 2016.