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Species: Liquidambar styraciflua

(lik-wid-am'bar stye-ra-si-flu'ah)

Liquidambar styraciflua

American Sweetgum

Found on Course Walks

Wet Site Plants;
Big Trees in Winter

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Recommended Urban Trees Collection

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet

70' - 100'

Deciduous

pyramidal when young; round with age

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

5b

Can tolerate acid to neutral soil (pH 5.0 to 7.4)

Best on moist, sunny sites. May show occasional chlorosis on high pH sites.

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

relatively pest free

Bare Root Transplanting

Difficult

Other

native to North America (New York to Illinois, south to Florida, Texas and Mexico); northern seed source recommended; can be marginal in zone 5; transplant in spring

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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