Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King'
Description: 'Silver King' is a conical, deciduous tree that develops a dense crown on a pyramid-shaped frame. The star shaped leaves are glossy green in colour, with a creamy white variegated edge, turning shades of red, purple and orange before falling with the frosts. In winter Sweet Gum 'Silver King' still brings interest with fissured and corky bark. Insignificant greenish-white flowers in spring are followed by spiny, green fruit ripening dark brown. Needs hard pruning occasionally to bring out its features to best effect.
Care: 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 3m