- Species: Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum
- Family: Aceraceae
- Origin: Europe
- Common Name: Sycamore.
- Mature Height: 25m.
Aceraceae. There are several cultivars in this group all of garden
origin. Loudon descibes a purple sycamore - forma purpureum from
Sander's nursery in Jersey in 1828. It may be that the two cultivars
now widely grown - Acer pseudoplatanus 'Atropurpureum' with purple on
the underside of the leaves, as does 'Prince Handjery' but a much
growth rate which both date from about 1883 and attributed to Spath's
nursery, are selections from the Jersey original. Acer pseudoplatanus
'Atropurpureum' is a vigorous-growing, attractive, deciduous tree and
have been widely planted in towns and cities for they can withstand
pollution well. It is most attractive in a slight wind when the purple
undersides are more conspicuous. They will grow to 80' in almost any
soil. Like the sycamore the leaves can become infected with tar spot.
Mary, Queen of Scots is reported to have planted a Sycamore (or
sometimes called the plane tree in Scotland) at Scone Palace. Alas it
succumbed to storm damage and old age as recently as 1941.