It’s been a wet March-May here in Central Texas and as a result, my American Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, is plenty green and leafy-lush at this June Tree Following check-up.
Truly, there’s not much to report this time around, except that the Sycamore is in summer mode, full-leafed and providing cover for birds. In fact, it’s such a good protector of birds’ privacy that I’ve enjoyed no good luck in getting photos of birds resting, mating, or feeding their young–all activities that this tree has recently hosted.
Darn these big ole leaves!
I guess these big leaves are providing lots of oxygen too, while also helping to absorb pollutants in the air. One of the reasons that American Sycamores are commonly planted in cities is just for that reason–they’re an excellent antidote for the multiple pollutants that urban life so excellently produces.
As Central Texas segues into summer, it’s very likely that the generous spring rain spigot will shut off and the thermostat will be turned on. My gardening experience has taught me (repeatedly…) that after a mild and wet spring, summer drought and Texas heat can be especially harsh on certain plants–trees included. Because the American Sycamore prefers more, rather than less, moisture, it tends to suffer a bit (more than other native trees) in that particular situation where the spring is gentle and moist, but summer is, well, Texas summer. Changes in the Sycamore will depend upon just how hot and how dry the summer is. Time will tell whether this summer will be super hot-n-dry (as has become normative), or, perhaps, just normal hot-n-dry. That will make watching the Sycamore all the more interesting in the coming few months.
For today, the American Sycamore is a lean and green arboreal machine.
Thanking Pat of The Squirrelbasket for graciously hosting this fun and interesting meme about trees. Check out her blog to learn about trees from all over the world.