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    Default how does one tell the difference between sycamore and maple?

    how does one tell the difference between sycamore and maple?

    is there any single thing that makes them different?


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    leaf shape, seed type, the bark... There are a LOT of differences in those two trees. The best way to learn the differences is to get a sample of each of the trees (leaf and seed) and put them next to each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crimescene450 View Post
    how does one tell the difference between sycamore and maple?

    is there any single thing that makes them different?


    Maple Street runs north and south. And Sycamore Street runs East and West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sourdough View Post
    Maple Street runs north and south. And Sycamore Street runs East and West.
    You beat all, S!!! Funny as heck.

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    Sycamore has a "camo" look to it's bark, whereas the maples around here don't. Sycamore has really big leaves too.

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    CS - There are only three species of Sycamore in the U.S. but I suspect you are actually asking about a Sycamore Maple. Sycamore Maple is Acer pseudoplatanus while true Sycamore is Platanus occidentalis (American Sycamore). Do you know which one you are asking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwc1969 View Post
    Sycamore has a "camo" look to it's bark, whereas the maples around here don't. Sycamore has really big leaves too.

    yeah
    i think theres one species of sycamore growing wild around here,
    california sycamore i think?

    i see city planted trees that i think are sycamore
    and they have the camo patern your talking about
    i think thats the CA sycamore

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    CS - There are only three species of Sycamore in the U.S. but I suspect you are actually asking about a Sycamore Maple. Sycamore Maple is Acer pseudoplatanus while true Sycamore is Platanus occidentalis (American Sycamore). Do you know which one you are asking about?
    no, im just asking in general
    dont they all look similar?

    i see the camo ones i mentioned about and their leaves look really similar to maple, but are very toothed

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    Here's a link to California Sycamore:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus_racemosa

    Here's a link to Maples (spp.):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple

    The differences are pretty substantial.

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    Little doubt around here which is which. The bark is a dead give away. Literally can see a sycamore from a mile away. Like I said, the bark is a dead give away. The sycamore diffinetly stands out in a crowd.

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    Big leaf maple is what grows around here cs, regular maple is a little different.

    The leaves of the sycamore and big leaf maple are pretty simmilar though, just look at these two pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justin_baker View Post
    Big leaf maple is what grows around here cs, regular maple is a little different.

    The leaves of the sycamore and big leaf maple are pretty simmilar though, just look at these two pictures.
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    yeah
    the bottom is bigleaf maple right?
    im used to seeing the bigleaf around my forest

    it seems that sycamore leaves are much more toothed?

    do all sycamores have camo bark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimescene450 View Post
    yeah
    the bottom is bigleaf maple right?
    im used to seeing the bigleaf around my forest

    it seems that sycamore leaves are much more toothed?

    do all sycamores have camo bark?
    Yes the bottom is big leaf maple and the top is sycamore

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