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Liquidambar styraciflua | Sweet Gum Tree

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5ft Sweet Gum Tree | 9L Pot | Liquidambar styraciflua

This small, delicate tree has foliage much like that of a maple tree, which turns to a beautiful shade of red come autumn. The cork-like bark on the older stems adds extra winter interest. This tree will thrive in most soils and conditions.

Q: Does Height Really Matter?

A: Not As Much As You Might Think...

One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.

To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.

Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.

So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!

Specifications:

  • Foliage Colour: Green, red in autumn
  • Approx. Growth Height: Up to 13m
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
  • Tree is approx: 2 years old with a 4 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Exposure: Exposed, sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: Fast
  • Scented: Barely
  • Wildlife friendly: Attracts bees and other pollinating insects
  • Packaging

    We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.

    All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.

    Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
    How your order will arrive

    Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

    • Light Requirements: full sun
    • Soil Requirements: neutral, clay, loam, sand
    • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
    • Planting Distance: 1.5m

    Suited to almost all, well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun.
    Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

    Autumn is the best season for planting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

    More Information
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No

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