Grown In The UK.
Liquidambar - Sweet Gum Trees
Liquidambar is an outstanding genus of trees which have a lot to offer any garden that has the space to plant them. The leaves are deeply lobed, often star-shaped, and come in a vast array of colours that suit any planting scheme. The common name of 'Sweet Gum' derives from the resin that exudes from the bark; the resin is technically known as storax and Americans enjoy chewing on the resin as chewing gum. The resin is also to make glue and in cosmetics like soap. This wood of this useful tree is made into furniture, baskets and paper pulp.
The trees grow to become a real focal point of the garden, and their Maple-like leaves and glowing autumn colours make them a real asset. Although Liquidambar trees are loved and admired by many, some countries do see them as a pest due to their conker-like seed pods that fall in the autumn. The seeds are harmless though, and can simply be gathered up and removed if they are causing too much of an inconvenience.
Sweet Gum Tree
Common Name: Sweet Gum TreeLatin Name: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'Soil: Moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil.Position: Full sunFlowering period/colour: May to June/Inconspicuous yellow flowersHardiness: Fully hardyEventual height and spread: 25m/12mSpecial features: One of the best trees for autumn colour.Deeply lobed, mid-green summer foliage turns brilliant purple then orange-yellow in autumn. The rounded, heavy crown and beautiful leaves make this a fantastic tree for planting as a specimen in grass. Inconspicuous yellow flowers are produced in late spring and these are usually followed by attractive spiky, round fruit cases.
Liquidambar Lane Roberts
Sweet Gum Tree
Common Name: Sweet Gum TreeLatin Name: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Lane Roberts'Soil: Moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil. Dislikes shallow chalky soils.Position: Full sunFlowering period/colour: May to June/Inconspicuous light green flowersHardiness: Fully hardyEventual height/spread: 20m/10mSpecial features: One of the best trees for autumn colourLiquidambar 'Lane Roberts' is the most reliable selection for producing a dazzling display of almost black crimson red autumn colours. Maple like leaves with toothed lobes. Comparatively smooth greyish brown bark compared to other liquidambar varieties. The flowers are insignificant light green and are sometimes followed by clusters of burr-like fruit.