Sweet gum

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

Sweet gum - Liquidambar styraciflua  'Worplesdon'

Common Name: Sweet gum
Genus: Liquidambar
Species: styraciflua
Cultivar: 'Worplesdon'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 25.00 m (2500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 12.00 m (1200 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, Yellow, OrangeFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A gorgeous tree with large star-like, shiny bright green leaves which turn brilliant purple then shades of orange and yellow in the autumn. It has a rounded heavy crown and although it grows slowly, it is not suitable for a small garden as it is long-lived and will eventually grow to 25 metres. In Britain it flowers intermittently and inconspicuously in spring but it is for the foliage that this tree is prized. Grow it either as a specimen tree in grass or as the centrepiece to a glade. Trees grown in a rich damp soil in full sun will colour the best.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and stake firmly. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter.