Young Sweetgum Tree | Liquidambar styraciflua


The tree widely known for its beautiful autumn coloration on its star-shaped leaves is the Liquidambar Styraciflua, also known as the Sweetgum tree.

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The Liquidambar Styraciflua, also known as the Sweetgum tree, is a deciduous tree that originates from America. In the Netherlands, it is particularly known for its stunning autumn colors.



The young branches and trunk of the Sweetgum tree are initially smooth, but as they age, corky ridges, known as cork wings, develop. These cork wings on the bark consist of corky, dead tissue, giving the tree a uniquely decorative appearance.



The young twigs are yellow-green and change to gray-brown as they mature.


Leaf Shape and Autumn Coloring

The leaf of the Liquidambar Styraciflua is perhaps the most spectacular feature of the entire tree. It is star-shaped with five lobes per leaf. Depending on the location and the plant's own DNA, the leaf exhibits a brilliant autumn coloring in shades of yellow, orange, red, and even purple, from October to the end of November.


How to plant the tree?

  1. Determine the final location of the tree and ensure it is free from cables, debris, old plants, and other obstacles that may hinder the tree's growth.
  2. Dig a planting hole that is twice the width of the root ball. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the planting hole and mix the excavated soil with (organic) garden soil or planting substrate.
  3. Adjust the planting hole to the height where the root ball fits and firmly press the soil.
  4. Fill the planting hole with water and wait for it to settle. Check if the root ball is sufficiently moist.
  5. Place the tree or plant in the planting hole. It is extremely important that the tree is not planted too deep, as this can cause root rot.
  6. Insert a tree stake or bamboo stake firmly into the ground on the side of the tree where the most wind comes from.
  7. Now, place the watering ring or create a mound of soil around the tree so that water can seep into the ground.


Why Choose a Young Tree from Amitis

  • Easy to plant yourself due to the compact size and light weight
  • Conveniently delivered to your home in a sturdy packaging
  • Experience the growth and development of your own tree
  • Easy to maintain
  • Cultivate the size and growth form you are looking for
  • Attain mature size within a short time
  • Can be planted year-round as everything is delivered in pots
  • No root loss and better chances of establishment as everything is pot-grown
  • Cost-effective purchase
  • Fresh, healthy plants directly from the grower



Want to know more about pruning? Read our page on tree maintenance! Feel free to contact us; we are happy to assist!


  • Flower color

  • Flowering months

  • Location

    Sun-semi shade
  • Fruits

    Round spiky fruit
  • Evergreen

  • Winter hardiness

  • Leaf color in summer

  • Leaf color in autumn



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