Generally found near streams or riparian corridors, this is a striking tree with a stout trunk, producing many crooked, irregular branches. The tree is deciduous, and has three distinctive features. First, it has large, 3 or 5 lobed leaves with short petioles, densely tomentose on the underside. Second, the outer bark tends to peel away, leaving blotchy smooth areas of inner bark in varying colors. The dark, fissured outer bark is often found only near the base of the main trunk. Third, the flowers and fruits are in 1–7 spherical heads, evenly spaced on the pendulous stem. European visitors may be confused by this tree, since it looks so different from the European Sycamore. This is actually an Acer (Acer pseudoplatanus, not shown) and the genus Platanus is most commonly represented by the London Plane, which adorns so many streets and squares in London. This tree is in the Platanaceae (sycamore) family; all the others on this page are Sapindaceae (soapberry).