Sweet Gum

Liquidamber styraciflua

Sweet Gum - Liquidamber styraciflua

Common Name: Sweet Gum
Genus: Liquidamber
Species: styraciflua

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 30.00 m (3000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The autumn colour displayed by this tree is simply stunning, the leaves are rich claret or scarlet, beautifully enhanced by the low autumn sun.

Liquidamber styraciflua is native to the Eastern United States and Mexico. It is a tree suitable for a medium sized garden, not spreading out too much with an upright habit.

The untrained eye could easily mistake the Sweet Gum for a Japanese Maple. The leaves look very similar to maple leaves, being palmately lobed. They open late in spring, they are glossy bright green before the autumn colour kicks in.

A sheltered site is ideal if you want your Sweet Gum to hold on to itís foliage as long as possible in the autumn gales.