Liquidambar styraciflua | Sweet Gum Tree - 350-370cm, 70lt

Liquidambar styraciflua | Sweet Gum Tree - 350-370cm, 70lt

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Liquidambar styraciflua is a large, deciduous tree with narrow, upright crown when young, conical to rounded when mature, and aromatic, lobed, star-shaped, maple-like, dark green leaves that turn beautiful orange, dark red and purple in autumn. Clusters of small, inconspicuous yellowish flowers bloom in spring and are followed by hard, rounded, prickly gum balls in autumn that remain on the tree in winter. Liquidambar styraciflua is an adaptable tree, easily grown in various types of soils, except shallow and alkaline. It prefers moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in sunny, sheltered positions. It is tolerant of partial shade, cold, heat, and salty winds. Resistant to urban pollution. Low maintenance plant. Generally, pest-free and disease-free. Liquidambar styraciflua is a large ornamental tree, popular for its wonderful autumn foliage, but it needs a lot of space to grow. Suitable for coastal and urban areas. Tasty, thick sap is harvested from under the bark and used for various purposes.
  • Common Name

    Sweet Gum

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    USA, Mexico

  • Flower

    small, inconspicuous yellowish

  • Foliage

    aromatic, lobed, star-shaped, maple-like, dark green leaves, orange, red and purple in autumn

  • Maturation period

    more than 50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

more than 12m

Mature Width

more than 8m

Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, neutral soil, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn



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