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Cultural Details for Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King'

Common Name:
Silver King Sweetgum

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast, 2-3' per year

Average Mature Height:
60-75'

Average Mature Width:
40-50'

Flower Details:
Monoecious, small, bright yellow-green (tinged with red) and not showy, appear in early to mid-spring.

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:
Rich yellow-purple- red

Bark Details:
Grayish brown, deeply furrowed into narrow, rounded ridges

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Bleeding necrosis, leaf spots, sweetgum webworm, caterpillars, cottony-cushion scale, sweetgum scale, walnut scale: iron chlorosis in high pH soils

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Excellent lawn, park or street tree, needs large area for root development as they will lift sidewalks or interfere with mowing

Culture and Care:
Moist. slightly acid soil, full sun

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
7390

    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