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Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Sweet Gum

Sweet Gum

This native tree displays some of the best fall foliage imaginable. The lustrous dark green leaves turn gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, red and purple.

Size: 60 to 75 feet high and 40 to 50 feet wide

Shape: Pyramidal when young growing more rounded at maturity

Fall Color: Outstanding, mostly red with shades of orange and purple

Rate of Growth: Medium to fast

Other Attributes: Native tree. The name Sweet Gum is derived from the sap, which has a sweet taste. Bears a brown, prickly seed pod.

Growing Conditions: Plant in full sun in rich, moist, well-drained soil.

Other / Related Varieties:

Rotundiloba (or Seedless) Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba') Like the species in growth habit but is seedless and has rounded lobed leaves.

Prices vary according to size, variety, and availability.

Please Note: Trees cannot be shipped outside of the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan areas. Tree prices and sizes are subject to change.


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