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Liquidambar styraciflua

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More About Liquidambar styraciflua

  • Densely branched, pyramidal crown, becoming oval with maturity
  • Branchlets may have distinctive, corky ridges
  • Lobed, glossy, green leaves turn spectacular yellows, oranges, purples and reds in the fall
  • Clusters of yellow-green flowers appear simultaneously with the leaves
  • Spherical, bristling, fruit clusters commonly persist into late winter
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Interesting Notes:

The common name refers to the "gum" which seeps from bark wounds. This "gum" has been historically used for a variety of purposes, including chewing gum, incense, perfumes, folk medicines and flavourings.

Zone:

5b

Height:

20-25 m

Spread:

18-20 m

Colour:

Yellow
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Sweetgum Growing and Maintenance Tips

An excellent, ornamental, shade tree with brilliant fall colour, suitable for a wide range of locations, including typically wetter areas. Shows best, fall colour in a slightly acidic soil.


Liquidambar styraciflua Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow
Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Fruit
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Pyramidal
Upright
Rounded
Tree form

Foliage Color

Maroon
Purple
Green
Yellow
Orange

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Specimen

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