Medium to large deciduous tree less than 35 m tall. Trunk is grey and smooth, becoming rough with age. Leaves are large, palmately lobed, leathery, toothed and borne on reddish stalks. Flowers are small, yellow-green and borne in pendulous, terminal clusters in spring. Seeds are winged and borne in pairs.
Although sycamore is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.
Open areas, forest, forest and riparian margins, scrub, plantations, wasteland, gardens, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by wind, gravity and water.
Can form dense stands, outcompeting and displacing native plants.
Always treat standing plants, do not cut down as all stems will coppice. Allow to fully die before felling. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.