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Liquidambar acalycina
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Liquidambar acalycina

Sweet Gum

Description: A fast growing form of Sweet Gum, that creates a medium-sized deciduous tree. Attractive bronze-purple, star-shaped leaves emerge in spring and darken to green as they age in summer. The foliage then turns to yellow in autumn and is usually retained until well into winter. The wood exudes a sweet-smelling resin when pierced, giving the tree its common name.

History: The species was first introduced to cultivation by the Sino-American Botanical Expedition of 1980, which collected seed in the ‘Metasequoia region’ of western Hubei.

Liquidamber Growing Tips: Liquidambar should be planted in full sun to achieve their best colour, in neutral to acid soil that is moist but well-drained. Once the trees mature, they tolerate occasional drought as well as periodic flooding. Protect from frost when young.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2m

 

General attributes

Text Purple Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Flowering month - April Flowering month - April
Needs well draining site Needs well draining site
Needs full sun Needs full sun
Replacement prune Replacement prune