Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'
sweet gum 'Worplesdon'
A deciduous tree with a branching pyramidal habit, growing to about 20m tall. Deeply divided, maple-like, rich green leaves with long narrow lobes, turn to shades of orange and yellow in autumn. Insignificant late spring flowers are reliably followed by spiky fruit capsules in autumn. Branches develop a corky, winged appearance with age
Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height10–20 years
Ultimate spreadWider than 8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Liquidambar are deciduous trees grown for their alternate, maple-like leaves which take on brilliant and long-lasting autumn colour; flowers and fruits are inconspicuous
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to acid, moderately fertile soil, in full sun or partial shade. Suitable for woodlands or as a specimen tree. Full sun brings out the best autumn colour - see tree cultivation
Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Low Maintenance
May be susceptible to honey fungus
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