Family: Platanaceae, plane tree family
Genus, species: Platanus occidentalis
Leaves are large with 3 to 5 short lobes, coarsely toothed.
Bark is smooth and white or brown and flaky. Mature bark peels off in irregularly shaped patches.
Flowers are wind-pollinated. Male and female flowers are separate but on same tree (monoecious).
Fruit is a ball of several hundred seeds, 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Seeds are wind dispersed.
The genus name Platanus is from the Greek for "flat" or "plane-like" and the species name occidentalis is from the Latin for "western."