Sycamore Plantings

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  1. johnnyb

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    Many old Burlington County homesteads had a pair of Sycamore trees planted at the entrance. What was the basis/belief for this practice? Did only Quakers do so? Why/when did the practice die out? Why only American Sycamores?
     
  2. manumuskin

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    Sycamore would be my favorite tree.just found another giant in Stow creek twp yesterday next to the ruin of a 1700's mansion
     
  3. ecampbell

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    I had a boss who planted 2 trees on the side of the entrance to his driveway back in the early 2000's, one each for him and his wife. He was not a Quaker. He was not so amused when his tree died.
     
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  4. Toothy Critter

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    Speaking of trees... what is this? (I know my fish, but nothing about what comes from the ground):confused:
     
  5. GermanG

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    Is there another tree growing on the backside? I see red cedar foliage but not cedar bark on the trunk. The trunk brings a silver maple to mind.

    edit: Looking again, I think I do see maple leaves at the left side of the photo. If they are from the bigger tree, it'd say it's a silver maple.
     
  6. Toothy Critter

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    No tree behind it, just curious how it could be hollow and still have foliage (u could stand inside it) MAYBE another tree attached to it in the back?? IMG_0538.JPG IMG_0540.JPG IMG_0541.JPG
     
  7. Broke Jeep Joe

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    very unique looking tree, would make for a good "where is this?"
     
  8. Toothy Critter

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    OK So then where is it? :) Or...what is it ?
     
  9. bobpbx

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    Is it by Atsion? That field looks familar.
     
  10. bobpbx

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    Those green leaves, are they part of the tree? They look juniper-like, though the bark does not.
     
  11. johnnyb

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    Tree water and nutrients travel thru bark and immediate layer beneath bark. Rest of trunk is dead wood. Hollow cylinder nearly as strong as solid cylinder - question is, how "nearly" compared to forces on it.
    But back to original questions about the practice of planting two Sycamores at the entrance to homesteads......
     
  12. Toothy Critter

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    U R correct. Intruding on the original post. Will move