- Rippled patterned wood occasionally arises when the grain runs at right angles. This pale pattern is popular for veneer and musical instruments.
- Sycamore wood is good for kitchen joinery. It is easy to work, doesn’t stain easily or have any odour that can affect food.
- Wood is often carved as ‘love spoons’ appropriate for today Feb 14. They attract symbols that convey different messages.
- Trees are wind proof and are used in farms to protect cattle by providing shelter.
- The seeds are called helicopter wings as a result of there shape and the spinning effect as they fall to the ground.
- Acer pseudoplatanus or Sycamore is not a native tree but was introduced several hundred years ago and now naturalised.
- Mature trees can grow to 120 feet tall and 75 feet wide.
- Growth is rapid and is unsuitable for hedging pollarding or pruning.
- Sycamore and leaves in particular are susceptible to fungal diseases. Giant leaf spot disease is caused by Ophiognomonia pseudop and mildews are common.
Lace bugs feed on the undersides of the sycamore’s leaves.