Liquidambar styraciflua

Scientific name: Liquidambar styraciflua


Common names: “Sweetgum”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone:  5-9

Light: Full sun best – light shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Acidic loam, tolerates clay but hates lime

Moisture: Moist, handles poor drainage


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Plant Size: H 60′ W 40′ , long lived

Leaf and Stem shape: Five-lobed alternate, maple-like leaves which turn to deep orange and yellow in autumn

Flower: Insignificant flowers followed by lots of spiky fruitImage result for liquidambar styraciflua

Pruning: Minimal, none required

Maintenance: Low – medium

Landscape use: Specimen tree, roadside planting, parks and estates

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: None, prone to snow damage

Comments: Native to the east coast of USA from Florida to New England, important tree in the lumber trade

Cultivars: ~AGM winner: L. s. ‘Worplesdon’

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