- BOTANICAL NAME: Liquidambar styraciflua
- PRONUNCIATION: li-kwid am-BAR sty-RAS-i-FLU-a
- COMMON NAME: American Sweetgum
- FAMILY: Hamamelidaceae
Mid-south range, most common in low rich woodlands.
- GROWTH HABIT: 60 to 75' (100')
- HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 9.
- CULTURE: Full sun and moist, low, rich woodlands.
- SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Successional, Seral
- FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative
- LANDSCAPE USE: Found in lawns, parks, and streets and is coveted for its striking foliage and fall color.
- FOLIAGE: - stem color Star shaped leaves, glossy deep green in the summer, changing to dark purple-red in the fall.
- BUDS: Terminal, imbricate. Reddish green-brown and sometimes fragrant when crushed.
Grayish brown, deeply furrowed into narrow, somewhat rounded ridges. Gives the tree a spiky appearance.
- FLOWER: Early spring, small, non showy.
- FRUIT: Syncarp of dehiscent capsules. “Monkey balls” in the form of spiky round balls.
- PESTS: None Serious