Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Native: Eastern United States.

Tree Characteristics

  • Shape: Conical
  • Foliage: Deciduous, Lobed and Palmate, Dark Green, Red, Gold, Purple or Multicolored
  • Height: 80 feet.
  • Width: 40 feet.
  • Flowers: Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring.
  • Fruit: Prolific, Brown, Beige or Mostly Green Capsule with Winged Seeds, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.
  • Bark: Light Green or Light Gray, Furrowed.
  • Shading Capacity: Moderate in Leaf, Moderate out of Leaf.
  • Litter Issue: Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

  • Zones: Sunset 3 - 9 and 14 – 24, USDA Hardiness 5 - 10.
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Pests & Disease Information

  • Resistant: Oak Root Fungus and Verticillium.
  • Susceptible: Aphids, Caterpillars, Scales and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Chlorosis and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

  • Branch Strength: Medium.
  • Root Damage Potential: High.
  • Health Hazard: None Known
  • Biogenic Emissions: High

Source:

SelecTree. "Liquidambar styraciflua Tree Record." 1995-2018. Mar 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/liquidambar-styraciflua >

 Sweet gum
Sweet gumSweet gum