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Trees Of The Tri-Cities

Sycamore treeI think a lot of us look at trees and take them for granted. The Tri-Cities has many different types of trees from fruit to pine to sycamore, like the one in my backyard. Sycamore trees can grow to be massive, typically they are 5 to 7 feet in diameter and 100 to 130 feet high. One sycamore was measured at 13 feet in diameter and 167 feet tall, that’s a lot of leaves. Sycamore leaves grow six to nine inches long, and are a pain to rake up in the fall because there are so many of them, I know, I do it every fall. The bark of a sycamore is very unique, it separates into thin plates which peel off and fall to the ground. The bark, which doesn’t stretch, separates as the tree grows. The wood from a sycamore is heavy and hard to split, it is used mostly for furniture and interior finish of houses. If you have a sycamore tree, enjoy the leaves in the summer, and hate them in the fall.

What’s your favorite tree in the Mid-Columbia?

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