Itchy Ball Trees

Itchy Ball Tree

I don’t know what kind of tree this really is but when my kids were younger they used to call them Itchy Ball Trees! They used to break open those pod like things which are furry on the inside that throw them at each other. It made them itchy … hence the name!


  1. Martha says:

    My parents had a tree like that when we were kids. Dad called it a sycamore tree and it had a very unique bark too, kind of flaky-looking with varying colors. “Itchy Ball” is probably an acurate discription.

  2. angela says:

    I’ve seen plants like that here. I don’t know about itching but if they get caught in your clothes they’re impossible to remove.
    Those colours are beautiful against that blue, blue sky.

  3. Pat says:

    What a fantastic name! The name suits the tree completely.

    I’ve been enjoying my look around your blog and I know I’ll be back!

  4. Jeanne says:

    I was telling my husband about the “itchy ball trees” and he thought I was crazy. Thank you! I am printing the picture to show him. As kids we would break up the balls and put them down the backs of each other’s shirts. LOL.

  5. Warren says:

    I’m from South Africa and we have lots of these around the town I live in. They are called Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) trees.

  6. mark says:

    these trees were quite comman while living in Brooklyn, NY in the 1970’s. We too would throw them at each other or break up the ball to get at the seeds on the inside and splatter them on an unsuspecting person. Thankfully this rite of passage was limited to Halloween.

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