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Commonly known as Sweet gum

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THE autumn leaf-colour tree. The Sweet gum of the USA and Mexico with its maple-like (but tougher) leaves, breathtaking oranges, reds and purples and its gumball fruits, small, woody clusters that hang from branches in winter like those of London planes but spikier.

Genus of 4 species of deciduous trees from moist woodland in eastern and southwestern Asia, North America and Mexico. The timber is used for furniture and veneers. The hardened resin from L. styraciflua can be chewed as gum.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - 3-lobed, maple-like leaves to 13cm (5in) long start a matt wine red, turn green and then to burgundy in autumn
  • Height - 10m (33ft)
  • Spread - 5m (16ft)
  • Tree
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - dappled shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - none
  • Place of origin - China
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf Colour (if not green) - Red -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
Liquidambar - Growing Guide
10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  5m (16ft)

Buy Varieties of LIQUIDAMBAR


LIQUIDAMBAR acalycina  >

Commonly known as: Sweet gum.
Large three lobed leaves are bronze-purple at first fading to dark green. A hardy Chinese species which holds its leaves well into winter
small £25.00 
Large £55.00 each

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua  >

Commonly known as: Satinwood, Sweet gum.
Maple foliage with excellent autumn colouring, liquid-amber describes it perfectly
Small £16.00 each
Large £47.50 each
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LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Golden Sun'

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Golden Sun'  >

Commonly known as: Satinwood, Sweet gum.
New leaves emerge pale yellow in spring, changing to green in summer and turning red in autumn. Golden-yellow stems
£35.00 each

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Worplesdon'  AWARD

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Worplesdon'  >

Commonly known as: Satinwood, Sweet gum.
Long narrow lobes to the leaves which turn yellow and orange in the autumn. Occasionally produces fruit which other varieties do not in the UK
Small £30.00 each
Large £55.00 each

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