It’s a very healthy Sycamore leaf. I seem to recall that the Capitol grounds are very well maintained, and this leaf certainly reflects that. The tree, however, is a poor choice for most landscapes because of these obnoxiously large leaves. I’d bet a dollar that the maintenance crews mutter ugly words under their breath when they arrive to attend to this landscape in the fall. Mike Dirr lists a litany of problems associated with this tree, primarily their ability to make a mess. I found another picture of a large Sycamore leaf, tell me what you think. http://jschumacher.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/sycamore_leaf.jpg
Hi, I work in the 47 Trinity building that is right across the side street from the Capitol. I pass this tree every single weekday on my way home on the bus. I thought it was a sycamore tree and I was right. The leaves are huge!!!! The maintenance crews do a great job maintaining the Capitol lawns and flower beds. In fact, I have spoken to one of the workers several times about how best to “build” raised flower beds. Thanks for sharing this story.