Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'
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