The American Sycamore is generally seen in the wild alongside River Birch, Red and Silver Maple, Willows and Cottonwood. If you want a fast growing and large shade tree, the American Sycamore is right for you.
The American Sycamore has surface roots which may raise driveways and sidewalks. It is advisable to plant this tree at least 40-50' away from such surfaces. These same roots may make mowing underneath the tree somewhat difficult in areas.
Fun Fact: Native Americans used Sycamore for a variety of medicinal purposes, including cold and cough remedies, as well as dietary, dermatalogical, gynecological, respiratory and gastrointestinal aids.1
1As stated in the USDA / NCRS American Sycamore Plant Guide