Purchased with funds from the Lumpkin Foundation Grant.
Tree located at
Hawthorne Elementary School
2405 Champaign Avenue
Large specimens are easily recognized, even at a distance, by their open crown of large, lateral spreading branches, growing between 60 and 100 feet tall. It has a straight trunk rising from a large base. Also called the American Planetree, this species develops the largest trunk of any North American hardwood with the current champion having a diameter of 11 feet.
Stream banks, floodplains, and in wet areas at the edges of lakes and swamps; are also found in mixed forests and in parks. It prefers moist soils, but does well in most soils; prefers open country to forests, lowlands to uplands.
Southern Maine to southeastern Nebraska, south into Texas, and along the Gulf of Mexico to northern Florida.
Deciduous, alternate, simple, palmately lobed, broadly ovate, somewhat maple-like in their general appearance, and from 4 to 10 inches wide. They have from 3 to 5 coarsely and wavy-toothed lobes which are pointed at the tips, and separated by very broad and usually shallow sinuses. The blades are thin but firm, bright green and smooth above, paler beneath, at first coated with whitish down, but eventually becoming smooth or nearly so.