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Liquidambar styraciflua/American Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua / Liquidambar styraciflua
Autumn colored foliage an always dependable feature of the sweet gum
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Autumn colored foliage an always dependable feature of the sweet gum

Summer foliage

Early spring flowers and emerging foliage

Sweet gum balls and seeds that attract several species of birds

A mature tree silhouetted against a blue sky

A branch of emerging flower buds

A large tree canopy in full autumn color

A specimen lawn tree in summer foliage

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Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Common Name: American Sweet Gum
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Fast growing tree that does well in urban areas and a very broad range of soil and other growing conditions However, the seed balls can be a problem in carefully maintained gardens. It generally has beautiful autumn color and the seeds are eaten by many species of birds.