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31 American Sycamore

(Platanus occidentalis)

Paleobotanists have dated sycamore trees as far back as 100 million years. An American sycamore tree can often be easily distinguished from other trees by its mottled, exfoliating bark which flakes off in great irregular masses, leaving the surface mottled and greenish-white, gray and brown (earning sycamores the name “ghost trees.”) This is the only American sycamore on campus.