The silhouette of a pollarded sycamore against the low sun winter solstice sky on the shores of the upper Zurich lake (Obersee), Rapperswil, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland.

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The silhouette of a pollarded sycamore against the low sun winter solstice sky on the shores of the upper Zurich lake (Obersee), Rapperswil, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland.

By Mary Ellen Ellis Having a sycamore tree in your yard can be a great joy. These majestic trees can grow quite large, up to 90 feet (27 meters) tall and nearly as wide, providing shade or a grand focal point. Although generally low maintenance and easy to grow, pruning sycamore trees is necessary for optimal health and shape. When to Prune Sycamore Trees It isn’t absolutely necessary to prune your sycamore, but there are some good reasons to do it. Pruning can help you shape the tree to look a certain way. As a city street tree, a heavy type of pruning called pollarding is used to keep sycamore trees smaller and with a dense canopy. Lighter pruning can be done for a degree of the same effect, but also to thin the canopy and to allow more air circulation to keep the tree healthy and disease free. The

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