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Common Name: Sweetgum

Species Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Family Name: Hamamelidaceae





Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Sun Preference Full Sun
Susceptibility Leafspots, bleeding necrosis, webworm, caterpillars, cottony-cushion scale, sweetgum scale and walnut scale



ID Characteristics

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 45-foot diameter, 120-foot height
    • Leaves: Alternate, simple, 4-7 inches long and wide, star-shaped, 5-7 serrate lobes



Soil Preference Adapted to many soil conditions
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone
Notes Iron chlorosis can be a problem on high pH soils; difficult to transplant; fruit a maintenance problem; ‘Rotundiloba’ is fruitless
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