Sycamore has bark that flakes off with a green and / or cream coloured inner bark. Its large, maple-like leaves look like the leaves on the former Canadian penny. It is found naturally in various locations across southwestern Ontario from Toronto to the Collingwood-Thornbury area. It is also found on Prince Edward Island.
Like many willow species, sycamore has a shallow, fibrous root system that can get into septic beds and sewage pipes if it is searching for water.
The Sycamore is a large tree, growing up to 35 m tall. It prefers moist soils and tolerates seasonal flooding. It will grow in part shade or full sun preferring rich soil along creeks and rivers, but will tolerate heavy clay. One of the largest broadleaf trees in eastern North America, Sycamore thrives on rich floodplains with plenty of space to grow.