Liquidambar styraciflua

Sweetgum

Altingiaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Fall color, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Shade tree. This is a clone former, so it can also be used to provide screening or for an "island" of habitat for wildlife
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.
Propagation:
Availability:Big box stores, Native nurseries, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:

Provides cover for birds and other animals.

Insects:
 

Larval host plant for luna (Actias luna) moths.

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

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

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