Liquidambar is an attractive, large tree with gorgeous autumn foliage. The leaves are similar to Maples and have 5-7 lobes and reach up to 15cm. Young foliage has a bronze tone that matures to a mid green in summer. Come autumn the foliage changes to brilliant oranges, reds and purples.
Liquidambar has a handsome pyramid shape while young, maturing to a rounded tree. Liquidambar is one of very few trees that has good autumn colour even in mild climates.
The bark of Liquidambar is grey brown and becomes deeply fissured as it ages. Unremarkable small green spring flowers are followed by decorative fruits, that are spiked and reminiscent of a pompom.
Liquidambar is endemic to Central America and Mexico. It is content in any well drained soil and should be given a good amount of space for the roots to grow. Plant a minimum of 10m from your home or cemented areas.
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade