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Sweet Gum Tree

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Description: Latin Name- Liquidambar Styraciflua Hardy Planting Zone- 7-9 Mature Height- 50-100 ft Width-up to 60 ft Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
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  • Product Description

    Sweet Gum Tree - Liquidambar styraciflua

    The American Sweet Gum tree, native to the southeastern United States, is a moderate to rapidly growing tree known for its unique star-shaped leaves, interesting fruit, and unique corky twig growths called wings. The star-shaped leaves of the sweetgum has 5 or 7 lobes with a medium green color and vibrant fall colors of orange, red, yellow, and purple. In the spring the sweetgum tree produces delicate pale green flowers that develop into unique long-stemmed and burr-like fruit about 1-1/2 inch in diameter. While many homeowners appreciate these "gumball" fruits, there are many cultivars of sweetgum that are pod-free. Sweet Gum trees are prized specimens in yards, parks, and campuses across the country and prized for their beautiful fall foliage and shade. 

    Sweetgum trees are very long-lived with a lifespan of up to 150 years, although they do not flower or produce the distinctive "gumball" fruit during the first 15-20 years of life. Sweet Gum trees prefer full sun with at least six hours of direct, unfiltered light every day. This tree grows at a moderate to fast rate with a height of 1-4 feet per year for the first 1-5 years and growth of 13 inches to 24 inches each year thereafter, reaching a mature height of 60 to 75 feet with a spread of up to 50 feet. The American sweetgum is a very versatile tree that can grow well in acidic, moist, sandy, loamy, well-drained, wet, and clay soil with fairly good drought tolerance. The American Sweet Gum grows in Hardiness Zones 5-9. 

    Sweet Gum trees are a shade and ornamental tree with a spreading canopy that helps block sun while adding visual interest to the landscape. Sweet Gum trees naturally attract an array of wildlife as well, including cardinals, blue jays, chipmunks, squirrels, mourning doves, and luna moths who are attracted to the flowers and fruit.
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