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Liquidambar Styraciflua

Botanical Name:

Liquidambar styraciflua

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Deep, moist, alluvial loams. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Acid-based.
Cold Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Trees, Native Plant, Shrub, Tree

Lifespan

Woody, Perennial

Plant Height

72-100 ft.

Flower

The Sweetgum has non-showy, monoecious, yellow-green flowers that appear in spherical clusters in April-May. Female flowers give way to the infamous gum balls.

Fruit

Female flowers give way to a globose head (the infamous gum ball) which are hard, beak shaped, bristly fruiting capsules 1 to 3 inches in diameter appearing in August-September. Gum balls mature to dark brown and usually remain on the tree through the winter, but can create clean-up problems during the general period of December through April as the clusters fall to the ground. The capsules contain two tiny seeds (syncarp). The fruits persist through the winter and attract birds., Brown

Benefits
Ornamental

Fast growing, Attractive, Long-living, Fall conspicuous, Shade tree

Attracts

Birds

Taxonomy

Order

Saxifragales

Family

Altingiaceae

Genus

Liquidambar

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