All orders to California will be shipped bare root in accordance with state regulations.
Sweet gum is a low-maintenance deciduous shade tree. Habit is pyramidal in youth, but it gradually develops an oval-rounded crown as it matures. Glossy, long-stalked, deep green star shaped leaves are fragrant when bruised. Fall color at its best is a brilliant mixture of yellows, oranges, purples and reds. Non-showy, monoecious, yellow-green flowers appear in spherical clusters in April-May. Female flowers give way to the infamous gum balls which are hard, spherical, bristly fruiting clusters to 1.5" diameter.
American Sweetgum seeds are eaten by eastern goldfinches, purple finches, sparrows, mourning doves, northern bobwhites and wild turkeys. Small mammals such as chipmunks, red squirrels and gray squirrels also enjoy the fruits and seeds.
- You are purchasing a Sweetgum Tree – Heavily rooted plug/tree
- Provides brilliant fall color, with leaves turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red and purple.
- Yields long-stemmed, woody, burr-like fruit.
- Grows in a pyramidal shape, becoming more oval or rounded with age.
- Needs plenty of space for root development.
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Family: Liquidambar styraciflua ‘American Sweetgum’
- Mature Size (H x W): 60' - 100' x 60'
- Soil: Deep, moist, fertile, well-drained soil.
- Soil pH: Avoid alkaline soil
- Hardiness zones: 5-9; Not reliably winter hardy in northern areas of USDA zone 5
- Sun Exposure: Full sun/Intolerant of shade
- Growth rate: Medium/Fast, 13" to 24" per year
- Bloom: non-showy, monoecious, yellow-green
- Tolerance: rabbit, deer, clay soil; does not tolerate pollution
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