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Commonly known as Sweet gum
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.
Deciduous - palmately 3- to 7- lobed leaves.
Tree - upright, open habit. Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. Female ones are followed by spiky, spherical fruit clusters.
Full sun - for best autumn colour.
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for their maple-like leaves which colour well in autumn and upright, open habit. A splendid specimen tree in a lawn.
Pests & Diseases - none
Place of origin - eastern and southwestern Asia, North America, Mexico.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil
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