Sweet Gum Tree

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Planting Zones 5-9
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Sweet Gum Tree Description

Sweet Gum Tree, Liquidambar is a Moderate Growing Tree                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Hardy planting zones are 5-9. The growth rate is 1 to 2 feet per year. This tree is moderate-growing and will thrive in moist and acidic soil types and conditions. It will give color and life to all areas where added. It makes a home have excellent curb appeal. This tree grows 60 to 70 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. It will grow best in full sunlight. It will look stately when planted as an ideal shade tree for a lawn or home. It will give a burst of color during the autumn and also look great in spring and summer. This tree is used a lot in landscaping projects because it is effortless to care for.

This tree is growing a lot in the southeastern United States. Sweet Gum is a favorite landscape tree due to its glossy leaves and brilliant fall color. The tree, which can reach 120′, has gray and deeply furrowed bark. 


Sweet Gum Tree, Liquidambar adds curb appeal.

In the fall, spiny ball-like fruit was produced. One fruit may contain up to 50 seeds spread mainly by the wind. Sweet Gum's name comes from the Pioneers who used to peel the bark and scrape the resin-like solid to form a chewing gum-like substance. The leaves, which have five or seven lobes, may be used as a potpourri when crushed, and the wood is used for furniture, flooring, paper pulp, veneer, and baskets. Moist to the wet, acidic soil is the favorite home for the tree. They are often planted near water sources such as streams to help prevent erosion. The trees have been known to spread to 40′ – 50′.

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The common term for scented Gum flows from the tree's lesions. This is a significant forest tree in North Carolina in moist riverbeds, swamps that overflow frequently, and arid uplands (save in the mountainous areas). It is prevalent in the southeastern United States. This gorgeous tree would be on each gardener's wish list if it weren't for the woody, spiky, capsular, 1-inch to 12 inches diameter fruits, which abscise during fall and winter. The fall shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple are gorgeous.

The reddish-brown wood seen in logs more significant than 16 inches may be the source of the variant name Redgum. It is a deciduous species with a diameter of about 4 feet or above that can grow 80 to 120 feet tall. Its tree is 60 to 80 feet tall through most sites, with 2 to 3 feet in diameter. This large tree can grow at a moderate to fast rate, with annual height gains ranging from 13 inches to above 24 inches.

The trees alternate palmately petalled leaves mature into a star form with toothed margins. Grayish-brown with uneven furrows and rugged, rounded ridges, the skin is gray-brown. Little yellow-green (tinted with red) flowers develop on stalks in the spring. 

These deciduous trees can produce gumballs. It is a circular, thorny fruit head of tiny capsules containing one or two-winged seeds. Since the tree's root system is shallow, it should be grown in the spring because roots require 3 to 4 months to emerge from transplant shock. Sweetgum is a species that grows in a highly straight form, making it ideal for timber, furniture, stringed instrument parts, and veneer. In the autumn, it prefers USDA growing zones 6 and 7, whereas USDA growing zones 8 and 9 are ideal in early winter. The shiny, star-shaped leaves of deep red, magenta, yellow, or orange are a specialty of this tree. Branches of some trees, especially in the northern half of its range, are coated with distinctive corky projections. 


Liquidambar styraciflua trees can also fix nitrogen in the soil and give enormous shade. Full sunlight to partial shade is required for this tree. Clay, sand, loam, and well-drained conditions are all acceptable. It is drought tolerant to a degree. Seeds are eaten by eastern goldfinches, small mammals such as chipmunks, gray squirrels, and wild turkeys. It has the nickname liquid amber.

Best Time to Harvest: September to November

Light: Full sun

Water: Drought tolerance when established

Zone: 5-9

Height at Maturity: 80-120 feet

Sun Exposure: Partial shade in full sun

Ship as: Bareroot

So, if you're seeking a high-quality North American sweetgum tree, you can count on us. It also offers shade to gold finches, purple finches, sparrows, and others when fully mature.

Many birds and small mammals consume their fruits and seeds. It is excellent for veneer plywood.

So, what exactly are you waiting for? Contact us right away to get your Sweet Gum Tree today!

Reviews (1)

  • 5

    Posted by Harley Ricks on Mar 06, 2018

    Gorgeous tree! I am in love with the foilage!

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