Liquidambar styraciflua

sweetgum

Altingiaceae


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 60 ft    Width: to 30 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Aroma, fragrance, hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Shade tree. This is a clone former, so it can also be used to provide screening.
Considerations: Plant where its persistent bur-like fruits (gum balls) will not be underfoot. Also, its resinous leaves will stain cement driveways and car finishes.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral

Ecology

Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. River bottoms, upland hardwood forests, roadsides.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B