Liquidambar Styraciflua (Sweet Gum)
|Common Name(s)||:||Sweet Gum|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Autumn Interest|
|Tree Features||:||Autumn Colour,Low Fruit Fall,Inedible Fruit,Lobed leaves,Good for Bees|
|Mature Size||:||Large (over 20m)|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree uses||:||Urban Sites,Garden,Avenue Trees,Parkland Trees|
The Sweet Gum is one of the finest trees for autumn colour. It never fails to impress with its showyburgundy, red, orange and yellow autumn colours.
The Sweet Gum is one of the finest trees for autumn colour.
Introduced from its native Eastern USA in the 17th century, it won the equivalent of the Award of Garden Merit in 1975.
Sometimes confused with maple on account of its similar leaves, this makes a large tree with a broad, pyramidal crown if its central leader is retained.
Its attractive, corky bark is a feature at all times of the year, but it is at its magnificent best in autumn when it simply seems to burn with crimson and gold.
Suitable for streets, avenues and parks, it does best in fertile, well drained soils.
It does not thrive in chalky soils.
Mature height: 20m+