Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)


Common Names: Sycamore, American Plane


Distribution: Eastern United States


Color/Appearance: Similar to maple, the wood of Sycamore trees is predominantly comprised of sapwood, with some darker heartwood streaks also
found in most boards. The sapwood is white to light tan, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Sycamore also has very distinct ray fleck pattern
present on quartersawn surfaces—giving it a freckled appearance.


Janka Hardness: 770 lbf


Density: 2.83 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.0%

Tangential (width): 8.4%,

Volumetric (total): 14.1%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.7


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, interior trim, pallets/crates, flooring, furniture, particleboard, paper (pulpwood), tool handles and other turned objects.


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