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Liquidambar sty Worplesdon
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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

Sweet Gum

Description: Worplesdon has a rounded, heavy crown, is long-lived and will eventually grow to 25 metres. The deep-lobed leaves are a light green when they unfurl in spring, changing to a glossy dark green over the summer, before finally turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow for a stunning autumn show. Produces small, bright green flowers on slender stalks from March to April and clusters of large, pendulous, woody-brown, spherical fruit capsules during the autumn. Corky, fissured bark creates yet more interest in the winter months.

History: Introduced by George Jackman & Son, Woking Nursery Ltd, Surrey in 1968. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Liquidambar 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): 4.5m x 3.5m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Needs well draining site Needs well draining site
Replacement prune Replacement prune