The sycamore tree grows very fast, and its branches spread out to give it a beautiful, rounded shape. It is a native tree to central and southern Europe. Nobody knows for sure when it was brought to Ireland, but is now our second most common Hedgerow tree after the ash.
A member of the maple family, the leaves of a sycamore are very broad and grow out in three prongs from the stem. They are dark green in colour. The flowers of a sycamore tree are yellow-green in colour, and hang down from the branches in clusters, just like a pendant and are an important source of nectar for bees. The seeds are long and flat, and grow in pairs that give them the shape of the letter ‘v’. Sometimes they are known as ‘helicopters’ because of the way they spin through the air when they fall from the tree.