Liquidambar acalycina Sweet Gum

Description: A fast growing form of Sweet Gum, that creates a medium sized deciduous tree. Attractive bronze-purple, star-shaped leaves emerge in spring and darken to green as they age in summer. The foliage then turns to yellow in autumn and is usually retained until well into winter. The wood exudes a sweet smelling resin when pierced, giving the tree its common name.

History: The species was first introduced to cultivation by the Sino-American Botanical Expedition of 1980, which collected seed in the ‘Metasequoia region’ of western Hubei.

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): 4m x 2m

 

Attributes

  • Flowering month: April
  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Purple
  • S Size: Small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Attractive bark
  • Replacement prune
  • Prefers full sun

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