Plant Care American Planetree

American Planetree

Also known as

American Sycamore, American Sycamore, American planetree, Western plane, Occidental plane, Buttonwood and Water beech


Platanus occidentalis

How to care for American Planetree


How often to water your American Planetree

Water needs for American Planetree
0.5 cups
every 9

American Planetree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of American Planetree

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American Sycamore in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Planetree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Planetree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Planetree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize American Planetree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Planetree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Planetree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Planetree can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American Planetree

American Planetree

American Planetree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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