Liquidambar

A rainbow in autumn.

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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.

Code

LQSSD

Botantical name

Liquidambar styraciflua

Height

10-25m

Width

12m

Flowers

Spring

Climate

Cool to Sub-Tropical

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bare rooted

Water needs

1