Sweetgum, Redgum, Sapgum Liquidambar styraciflua Southern

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Botanical Name:

Liquidambar styraciflua Southern









Common Name:

Sweetgum, Redgum, Sapgum

60-100 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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  • Liquidambar styraciflua Southern

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, lightly mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a medium-sized to large tree, growing to 20-35 m (exceptionally 41 m) tall, with a trunk up to 2 m diameter. The leaves are palmately lobed, 7-19 cm (rarely to 25 cm) long and broad and with a 6-10 cm petiole, looking somewhat similar to those of some maples . They have five sharply pointed lobes, but are easily distinguished from maples in being glossy and leathery in appearance, and arranged alternately, not in opposite pairs. more...
* This is a beautiful deciduous hardwood, that grows with a symmetrical cone shaped crown. The star shaped leaves are long-pointed and have finely sawtoothed lobes, it is often planted for it's excellent fall colors that persist late. The fruits are a spiny, globe shaped 1 to 1.25" ball which become brown. Blooms are inconspicuous. Grows best on moist, well drained sites. Full sun to filtered shade. Commonly found on bottomland sites, but tolerates a wide variety of conditions. Noted for fast growth, large size & reddish fall color.
* A highly ornamental plant, especially in its autumn foliage. more...