Sweetgum Trees – Liquidambar Styraciflua

£34.79£3,999.79

The Sweetgum tree, known scientifically as Liquidambar styraciflua, is a deciduous hardwood tree native to North America, renowned for its vibrant autumnal display and intriguing fruit pods. This tree presents a refreshing change from the typical trees found in England, bringing a touch of New World charm to the British landscape.

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The Sweetgum tree, known scientifically as Liquidambar styraciflua, is a deciduous hardwood tree native to North America, renowned for its vibrant autumnal display and intriguing fruit pods. This tree presents a refreshing change from the typical trees found in England, bringing a touch of New World charm to the British landscape.

Sweetgum trees are known for their exceptional lifespan and robust growth. On average, a Sweetgum tree can live for more than 150 years, with the oldest known specimens estimated to be over 400 years old. This makes them a symbol of longevity and permanence. They are also robust growers, often reaching heights of 20-35 metres, with some specimens even exceeding this range.

The Sweetgum’s bark is light grey and deeply furrowed, providing textural interest. The tree’s most captivating feature, however, is its foliage. The palmate leaves, similar to those of a maple, burst into a kaleidoscope of colours in autumn, ranging from yellow to deep burgundy and rich purples, providing an unbeatable spectacle.

In spring, the Sweetgum produces small, greenish-yellow flowers. The tree’s fruit is a distinctive, spiky spherical capsule, often called a “gumball,” which houses numerous small seeds. These gumballs hang on the tree throughout winter, providing additional visual interest after the leaves have fallen. The seeds are dispersed in late winter to early spring when the gumballs break open.

Despite not being native to the UK, the Sweetgum tree is a fantastic addition to a British garden design, particularly for those seeking a showy, autumn-flowering specimen. It’s tolerant of a variety of soil conditions, although it prefers moist, well-drained soils, and is also relatively resistant to pests and diseases.

Wildlife, particularly birds, are attracted to Sweetgum trees. The tree’s seeds provide food for many bird species, while the thick foliage offers excellent nesting sites. However, the spiky gumballs can be less popular with garden-goers due to their potential to cause underfoot hazards!

The Sweetgum tree isn’t densely populated in any specific region in the UK; it is typically found as a decorative specimen in parks, gardens, and public spaces. It’s well-suited to urban environments due to its tolerance of pollution, making it a popular choice for city parks and streets.

In conclusion, the Sweetgum tree is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a dash of North American beauty to their garden or landscape. Its remarkable lifespan, stunning autumn display, and beneficial role in supporting wildlife make it a truly attractive and rewarding choice for a British garden.

Style

Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants, Young Tree

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

Height

15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 700-800cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type

Deciduous

Origin

Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing

No

Conifer?

No

Flowering?

No

Colourful Foliage?

0

Hard Wood Cutbacks?

0

Fragrant

0

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STANDARD DELIVERY TYPES

Box/Parcel – Used for plants sized 0-70cm, costs £12. Order £100 worth of plants of that size to qualify for free delivery! Parcel deliveries are always sent for next day delivery unless otherwise specified.

Pallet – Used for plants sized 71-230cm, costs £60. Order £350 worth of plants to qualify for free pallet delivery! We always send our pallets for next day delivery, unless requested otherwise.

Private Van – Used for plants sized 231cm and taller, costs £60. Order £350 worth to get free private van delivery!

In all cases you can request a private van delivery, where your plants are delivered by us. Upon your request we can re-evaluate your delivery fee and let you know of the delivery time.

Please note, for pallet and box deliveries we use third party companies to deliver the goods. Not often, but occasionally some delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances, which are out of our control. For this reason, we ask you to never book gardeners, contractors, or other industry professionals for the estimated delivery date. Please do not book days off work or cancel other commitments specifically for your plant delivery to avoid disappointment.

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Please note that we currently are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland due to Brexit rules and regulations.

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