Champion Trees
Acer pseudoplatanus

This stunning tree is a champion tree. It is the best specimen of its type within N Ireland, and this is determined by measuring its height, its canopy spread, its girth, and its overall look

This is a beautiful example of a specimen Sycamore, with an enviable location on the manicured lawn, as well as a Georgian house to its front and a lake as its backdrop. This tree would have been most likely planted by Lord Rawdon back in the 1800s. It has the most beautiful shape and form, and is a favoured tree on the estate.

Common name:          Sycamore
Eventual Height:         35 metres
Life span:                    400 years
Native:                         Non-native (now naturalised)

Sycamores are attractive to aphids and therefore a variety of their predators, such as ladybirds, hoverflies and birds. The leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of a number of moths, including the sycamore moth, plumed prominent, and maple prominent. The flowers provide a good source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and the seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.

Sycamore timber is hard and strong, pale cream and with a fine grain. It is excellent for carving. It can be used to make furniture and kitchenware, such as ladles and wooden spoons as the wood does not stain nor taint the food.

Sycamores are planted in parks and large gardens. Mature trees are extremely tolerant of wind, so these are often planted in coastal and exposed areas to act as a wind break. They are also capable of tolerating pollution.

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