This afternoon, during my lunchtime stroll in Fort Worth’s West Meadowbrook neighborhood, I noticed this large hand-shaped leaf. I snagged a sample and proceeded to do my own version of arborial forensics. Based on the size of the leaf, which is palmate (like the palm of your hand) with three lobes (like your fingers) and the edges have teeth; and based, too, on the mottled bark (I didn’t get a sample; you’ll just have to take my word), I believe this is was produced by an American Sycamore tree. American Sycamores grow up to 100 feet tall.
Other names for this tree include: American planetree, Occidental plane, and Buttonwood.