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American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)


Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Wood obtained from plane trees, Platanus orientalis (Europe) and Platanus occidentalis (North America). Buttonwood is a dense, yellow timber with a fine texture that is similar to Maple. It is used for furniture, butcher blocks, chairs, musical instruments, interior finishes, and cabinetry.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Platanus orientalis; Platanus occidentalis; pátano de sombra (Esp.); platano (Port.); platano (It.); button-wood; plane tree; buttonball; sycamore

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Density = 35 pcf

Resources and Citations

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 673
  • Hardwood Manufacturers Institute, Memphis, Tenn.: air-dry weight = 35 pcf
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997

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