American Sweetgum. Liquidambar styraciflua. Deep, glossy green star-shaped leaves mark the Sweetgum.
Leaves turn yellow-purple-red in the fall, and stay on the tree quite late. Its shape is pyramidal, becoming more rounded with age. Avoid polluted sites. Grows 60'', with a 45' spread. Feb 03, Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua) look spectacular in fall when their leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow, orange, or purple.
The autumn show continues into late fall and early winter, and these stately shade trees are worth planting just to enjoy this fall color. Birds, chipmunks, and squirrels love sweetgum trees, which provide them with food, shelter, and nesting bushremove.buzzted Reading Time: 3 mins. Sep 24, Sweetgum may become chlorotic in high pH soil. Clay soil promotes surface roots. This tree is relatively pest-free but may be bothered by webworms.
Bacterial scorch is a fatal and potentially serious disease of trees suffering from physiological stresses. Sweetgum's spiky seed balls can be quite messy in a managed (manicured) landscape. The American sweetgum is a large shade tree with an ovular shape.
It can be found throughout most of the United States as a forest tree in the Southeast and an ornamental in gardens and cities. This tree is often planted in parks where its height, ranging from feet, and sprawling branches, spreading feet, create shade for visitors. Sweetgum is a relatively hard, uniform grained wood previously used for furniture and plywood.
It tends to warp and stain easily. It is low valued and currently rarely used, except for industrial blocking and pallets. Today, the species usually has a wide sapwood, but some trees and particularly old trees. The Sweetgum tree is native to the southeastern United States and a member of a genus made up of only six species. The others are found only in Asia. The first historical reference to the tree comes from the author and soldier, Don Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who accompanied Cortez in and was a witness to ceremonies between Cortez and.
Stu Hawbaker: The ugly side of Sweet Gum trees. Apr 27, Apr 27, 0. Subscribe: 6mos. only 1. Most people who have Sweet Gum trees develop a “love-hate” relationship with their tree.