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botanical name:
Liquidambar styraciflua
Liquidambar styraciflua © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet Gum, Bilsted
family:  Hamamelidaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 25.00m
width: 12.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: conical
leaf colour: green
flower colour: light green
fruit colour: brown & green
stem/bark: brown
main season: Autumn
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
One of the darkest and most reliable of all the autumn-colouring trees, this tree has shining dark green maple like leaves that turn through a range of colours from pale orange to deep red-purple. Insignificant greenish flowers on short catkins in late spring, later followed by spiny round fruits about 35mm across, of green ripening to brown and often persisting into winter.

Prefers a moist, acid soil in full sun. Dislikes shallow chalky soils.

From seed.

Excellent for autumn colour.
Produces a high quality timber known as Satin Walnut.

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