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Cultural Details for Liquidambar styraciflua

Common Name:
American Sweetgum

Growth Rate:
Slow-medium

Average Mature Height:
75-100'

Average Mature Width:
50-75'

Flower Details:
Small, yellow-green globular clusters on long stem

Fruit Details:
Multiple, tan brown, globular horny woody ball, 1-1.5" in diameter. The capsules within the ball contain 2 seeds each.

Fall Color:
Scarlet red- purple

Bark Details:
Deep furrowed, silvery gray

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Infrequent, occasional bleeding necrosis, leader dieback, sweetgum blight. Very resistant to insect damage.

Native Habitat:
Forest region

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Slightly acid pH 6.1-6.5, tolerates well to poor drainage

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
180, 190, 200, 210, 1950, 6480, 6490

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu