Plant Type
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Sweetgum Tree

The sweet gum tree creates fireworks in the garden, with star-shape leaves that change to fiery hues in fall. The handsome foliage is glossy green spring through summer. This U.S. native possesses a narrow habit that opens up and rounds with age. A fragrant sap bleeds from the tree when the bark is wounded. Spiny seed balls form on the tree and persist through the winter months. Sweet gum thrives in moist, acidic soil with lots of organic matter.

genus name
  • Liquidambar styraciflua
light
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
height
  • 20 feet or more
width
  • 40-50 feet wide
season features
problem solvers
special features
zones
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
propagation

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