Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gumball’ Sweet Gum

Description: 'Gum Ball', also called Sweet Gum Gum Ball is the perfect tree for small gardens! Mid green, maple-like leaves persist for a long time and turn shades of yellow, orange, red and burgundy before falling in winter. Inconspicuous greenish flowers in spring develop into spiny, spherical, green fruit during autumn. Usually forms a ball-shaped canopy with little or no pruning, but can be pruned in winter, when the deeply ribbed grey bark provides some extra interest.

History: A dwarf cultivar of the North American native deciduous tree Liquidambar styraciflua it was discovered in Tennessee in 1965 and grafted onto a clear stem to create an attractive round crown.

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): 2.5m x 2m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Autumn colour
  • Prefers acid soil

Discover these similar varieties…

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Palo Alto’

Sweet Gum

The leaves are long, narrowly lobed and the bright, intense autumn colours are superb and very persistent.

Full Details

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Corky’

Sweet Gum

Reliable deep red/burgundy autumn colours with the added feature of extreme corkiness to its bark.

Full Details

Liquidambar styraciflua

Sweet Gum

Glossy, maple-like leaves that turn brilliant crimson, purple and orange in the autumn. Height after 10yr 4.5m x 3.5m.

Full Details

Liquidambar acalycina

Sweet Gum

A very good form of this species with the youngest leaves displaying an attractive red colour in autumn.

Full Details

Follow us on Instagram