Plant Care Buttonwood


Also known as

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


Platanus occidentalis

How to care for Buttonwood


How often to water your Buttonwood

Water needs for Buttonwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Buttonwood needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Memphis, Tennessee.

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 Buttonwood

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Buttonwood in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

36% Very Low

Growing Buttonwood in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant Buttonwood in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 26th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Buttonwood in Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight will increase by 24.6% ☀️

January 24th, 2023

Memphis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to increase by 24.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.6 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Buttonwood in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 26th, 2023

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 6.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 7.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.5 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for American Sycamore in your home

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

Buttonwood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.

Buttonwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Buttonwood

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Buttonwood: 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 Buttonwood after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Buttonwood 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 Buttonwood



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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