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American Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum)
Liquidambar styraciflua American Sweetgum 3" B&B

Liquidambar styraciflua

American Seetgum is a native, large growing, deciduous tree with an oblong to rounded crown at maturity. American Sweetgum has 5 to 7 lobed, star shaped leaves that are lustrous green above and pale green underneath turning to a deep red to maroon in autumn. You can use American sweetgum as a lawn, park, or street tree but it needs a large area for its roots to be able to develope and you should be aware of the tree's fruits that create a maintenance problem.

Fast growing
Star shaped leaves
Native

Height

60-75 Feet

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Spread

40-60 Feet


Interesting Notes

The national champion American Sweetgum is found in Craven County, NC and is 96' x 66'


USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 9

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Native
Specimen
Naturalizing
Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
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