Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Thea’ Liquidambar

Liquidambar

Description: Beautiful focal point tree for larger gardens with a conical shape at maturity reaching to around 20m x 10m, can be pruned at the end of winter to keep it smaller. Its star shaped leaves are large, rich green, turning to long lasting shades of bright red and burgundy purple in autumn. The cork-like bark on the older stems adds extra winter interest.

History: Thea is a recent introduction from the Netherlands that is similar to Lane Roberts but slightly taller at maturity.

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 2m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Prefers full sun
  • Autumn colour

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