If Trees Could Sing

Kim Richey & the Sycamore

Kim Richey talks about the sycamore and the benefits that trees provide us.

Sycamore Fruit

The sycamore's seeds are contained in the spiky "buttonball."

The sycamore can easily be recognized by its distinctive peeling bark.

Kim Richey

Kim Richey writes and sings thought-provoking, melodic pop music for adults. In the 1990s, she recorded three albums in Nashville that expanded the boundaries of country music. She has written songs recorded by a number of artists including Brooks & Dunn (“Every River”), Terri Clark (“I’m Alright”), and Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby I Lied”). Her newest album is Thorn in My Heart. 

Sycamore Facts

  • Scientific name: Platanus occidentalis
  • Range: throughout the East
  • Height: up to 100 feet tall
  • Width: the trunk can grow to 13 feet in diameter
  • Bark: distinctive peeling bark that exposes a light-gray or white trunk
  • Fruit: spiny round balls with a long stem, known as "buttonballs"
  • Fall colors: leaves turn yellow and brown

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Sycamore

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... groves of trees in cities can cool the air by as much as 5 to 9 degrees?


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