65 Sweetgum

Late summer green canopy of Sweetgum.Facts About Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Native to: Eastern United States and Central America
Crown: Broad, rounded
Height: 60 - 75 feet
Width: 40 - 55 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

Characteristics: Fall colors ranges from mixes of green-orange-yellow and reds. This tree tolerates damp soil and has moderate drought tolerance. It is insect and disease resistant.

Negative Features: Fruit can be quite messy. Needs large area for root development. Surface roots can cause problems with sidewalks. May break up in ice storms and periods of drought.

Uses: Good for all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector, and residential streets.

Comments: Sweetgums grow well in Beaverton's soils. They need room to avoid problems with surface roots. Sweetgum is a large tree, suitable for boulevards. Improved cultivars like Palo Alto, Burgundy, and Moraine are also good choices.

Engraved stone sign for Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua
Dried fruit of the Sweetgum.
Cluster of bright green summer leaves of Sweetgum.
Graphic of a golden, frowning sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 8 ft.