Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A fast-growing spreading tree with smooth grey bark and 5-lobed leaves

A native of central and southern Europe, probably introduced to Britain in the 15th or 16th century

Seeds easily via its winged seeds and spreads rapidly, quickly taking over woodlands unless checked

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