Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) would be on every landscapers design plan if not for the woody, spiny, capsular, 1 to 1 1/2″ wide fruit throughout fall and winter.  Its fall color is spectacular on its unique leaves.  The star-shaped, five to seven-lobed, dark green leaves turn wonderful shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple and persist late into the fall.  An excellent plant for moist areas along streams and creeks although it is intolerant of shade.

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Mature Height

  • 60-70 ft high and 40-50 ft wide.

Sun Preference

  • Full sun

Soil Requirements

  • Grows well in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Intolerant of shade. Prefers deep, moist, fertile soils, but seems to tolerate a wide variety of soils.


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