#135 American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Like many large sycamores, this huge specimen stands right on the north bank of the small creek that runs through the middle of Latta Park. This park was originally opened in 1891 through the vision of developer Edward Dilworth Latta. It was originally designed around Lake Forsythe, which can be seen through the terraced slopes of the park that lead down to the creek.

Statistics (2022)

  • Circumference (In.): 166"
  • Height (Ft.): 107'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 108'
  • Total Points: 300

More Information

  • Nominated By: Brett Dupree, with credit to Mike Orell
  • Year Added: 2022
  • Owned By: Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Dilworth
  • Property Type: Public Park
  • Nearest Address: 818 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
  • Ecological Value: The sycamore's impressive size and branching provides suitable habitat for birds and small mammals. Wood ducks especially like to uses these trees as nesting areas. Sycamores have good flood tolerance and extensive roots systems, making them good trees for riparian zones.
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