I always admired the stately Sycamores along Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, so when the City of Chicago offered me one as a parkway tree, I jumped at the chance. 

As it turns out, while the trees are handsome from a distance, the mid summer leaf drop from fungal disease, twig drop and exfoliating bark make for a messy parkway that needs raking before it can be mowed.

In conclusion, while I still think Sycamores are beautiful from a distance,  I recommend planting them where the litter is not an ongoing maintenance problem and they get abundant water as they would along waterways where they normally grow.

Posted on August 11, 2014 .