English Sycamore

Botanical Name

Acer Pseudoplatanus

Other Common Names

Harewood, Sycamore Maple, European Sycamore, Plane.



The Tree

The tree is reported to grow to heights of more than 100 feet  high, with trunk diameters of about 60 inches. Boles are usually straight and clear to heights of 50 to 60 feet.


Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. English Sycamore  can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns.


The wood is mostly straight-grained, but may occasionally be curly or wavy. Curly or wavy grain can produce beautiful fiddleback or lacy figures. The wood has a high luster with a fine even texture.

Working Properties

Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.


Musical instruments, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.


Figured pieces such as curly or quilted grain patterns are likely to be much more expensive. Figured material is limited.