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
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.
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
Moist to Average
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