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Sycamore trees are Pennsylvania’s streamside sentinels

The sycamore tree’s distinctive, mottled “camouflage” bark really stands out during the winter. Sycamores have large, maple-like leaves and distinctive seed pods (inset) called buttonballs. (Photos by Mark Nale)
Sycamore trees stand like tall sentinels lining sections of Penns, Spring and Bald Eagle creeks – protecting their banks from erosion, shading the stream and providing cover for wild brown trout. In fact, from the Ohio to the Delaware, stately sycamores guard all of Pennsylvania’s rivers and larger streams. Sycamores have been protecting streams for a long time. Fossil records indicate that they are a very old genus, once having been more geographically widespread than they are today.
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