Big Sycamore off of 283

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Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by RyanLeClair » Thu May 05, 2011 12:17 am

To any Ents in the Lancaster County PA area,

Here is an impressive sycamore that is visible from I-283. It's right next to the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, standing in front of a condemned house. It's quite big tree -- it looks to be 85 feet tall and 6 feet thick. -- Unfortunately, I could not confirm these approximations. Didn't have measuring tools :(

Anyways, anyone in the area looking for an arboreal treat should check this one out. Mr. Scott Wade, if you're on the forums, this might make a good addition to the PA Big Trees site :)
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Is the tree wider than the car??? Eh, not quite, but close
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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by James Parton » Thu May 05, 2011 9:07 am

Ryan,

Very nice! It has a pretty rapid taper.
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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by RyanLeClair » Thu May 05, 2011 3:00 pm

James, it does have quite a taper, so it must be out of the running as a highly voluminous tree.

Colby Rucker once described sycamores as "boorish," and you can see what he means. This particular tree has lots scraggly shoots coming up from its base, and extremely contorted branches. Then there's the course leaves in summertime. Yet, there's something very proud about these trees.

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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by ryandallas » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:46 pm

I was recently looking at the Lancaster Area on Google Maps, and I have to report that this tree, and its companion abandoned house, were destroyed. I wish I had measured it when I had the chance. It probably was in the 17'+ CBH range. Other sycamores on the PA Big Trees Website dwarfed it, but I really liked this specimen. I always looked forward to spotting it while driving back to college.

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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:36 am

Well that's a shame. Another tree gone.

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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by John Harvey » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:43 am

I miss the American Sycamore. The Platanus here are mostly anemic. The greatest area of big Sycamores per square mile that I've ever seen is the Greenwich, Stow Creek area of South Jersey. It still shocks me and this summer I hope to do an extensive mapping of them. I've just scratched the surface really. If anyone wants to tour them I have a waypoint map.
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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by ryandallas » Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:55 pm

Yes, T.C., another gone. And I think it was cleared to make way for some sort of super store.

Those are some amazing sycamores, JDJ. I saw you moved to California? Here's a Platanus racemosa from San Juan Capistrano.
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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by John Harvey » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:05 pm

Hey thanks for the photo that's a great tree!
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Re: Big Sycamore off of 283

Post by ryandallas » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:37 am

No problem! This is the same tree, I believe:

http://californiabigtrees.calpoly.edu/i ... yValue=175

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