Liquidambar, Sweet gum—Liquidambar spp.
Family Hamamelidaceae (Witch hazel family)
Liquidambar spp. are deciduous trees
and grow from 25 to 60 feet. Trees have spiny pods that hang
through the winter and drop in the spring. They are known
for great fall color.
Optimum conditions for growth
The climatic zone for Liquidambar varies
by species. They prefer full sun and and prefer slightly
acid soils. They tend to become chlorotic in more alkaline
soils. They are tolerant of lawn water or conditions with
limited summer water. Liquidambar does best as a street tree;
it forms surface roots that can be annoying in lawns.
Fall color of Liquidambar