Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ (Sweet Gum)

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ (Sweet Gum)

Continuing our theme of trees for autumn colours, our deciduous trees are reaching the end of their spectacular display of stunning autumn colours now. The transformation from vibrant reds, flame oranges and buttery yellows is nearly finished, but one tree that is continuing to give a final splash of colour is Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’.

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ is a fast-growing deciduous tree, and to really appreciate its full splendour as it grows and matures, it should ideally be planted where it has plenty of space.  It will grow happily in full sun in any good well-drained soil.

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ is a magnificent tree with a straight trunk and a broadly conical shaped crown when it reaches maturity.  It has foliage of large, star-shaped, deeply lobed leaves.  These are glossy green when they first emerge in spring before turning their fiery red, orange, purple and yellow in the autumn.  Once their leaves have fallen it reveals an attractive branch pattern and the cork that develops on the wood of the tree.

This tree is renowned for its stunning autumn colours and has an eventual height of 6m and a spread of 4m after approximately 20 years.

If you are considering planting trees for autumn colours, then Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ is certainly a tree worthy of consideration, and is definitely a rival to Japanese Maples!

We have a good selection in stock, and our friendly team would be happy to advise you on the right one for you. 


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