American Sycamore

Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis
Best Characteristics for Identification: Numerous, wide, noded rays. Rays very obvious and numerous on the tangential and radial faces.
Uses: Low grade lumber, pulp
General Natural Range: Eastern Oklahoma and Texas east to the Atlantic coast. North to the lower Michigan peninsula and southern New England.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: American Beech
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species: Sycamore rays are all multiserrate whereas beech has both biserrate and multiserrate rays. Ray flecks are more abundant but shorter in sycamore than in beech.