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Liquidambar styraciflua | Sweet Gum

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One of the best for autumn colour, 'Sweet Gum' is a gorgeous tree, with large, star-like, shiny, bright green leaves which turn spectacular shades of orange, red, purple and yellow in the autumn. Its shape is broadly conical, and although it grows slowly, it is best suited to a larger garden, as it is long-lived and will eventually grow to 25 metres. In Britain, it flowers intermittently and inconspiculously in spring, but it is for the foliage that this tree is prized. Grow it either as a specimen tree, or as the centrepiece to a glade. Trees grown in a rich, damp soil in full sun will colour the best.
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil
  • Rate of growth: fairly fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Eventual Height:12m Plus
  • Eventual Spread: 8m Plus
When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and stake firmly. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter.
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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No