Trees and shrubs

Liquidambar: flamboyant in the fall

Sweetgum is a magnificent tree, especially in the fall when it is adorned with its most beautiful colors, fiery red, orange and yellow.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Liquidambar styraciflua
Family : Hamamelidaceae
Type : Tree

: 10 to 30 m
Ground : Ordinary

Weather : Temperate to warm -Exposure : Sunny -Foliage : Obsolete

Also called American Copalme, it is also easy to maintain and will quickly become one of the prettiest trees in your garden.

Planting liquidambar

It is recommended plant the Liquidambar in the fall to promote rooting before winter.

You can also plant in spring subjects purchased in containers.

  • Prefer an open place to fully appreciate the wonderful silhouette of the liquidambar.
    Sunshine is almost essential to take advantage of the full range of colors it offers.
  • Sweetgum likes deep soils, but thrives in any type of soil.
  • Good mulching a few centimeters in height is desired.

Care and size of liquidambar

Once properly installed, the liquidambar requires almost no maintenance.

  • Water well the first year after planting
  • Mulch the base of the tree to keep the soil cool in summer.
  • Relatively slow growing at first, it speeds up once it is well established.

It is little subject to diseases and is one of the so-called hardy and therefore resistant trees.

Liquidambar size:

Liquidambar is not a tree to be pruned unless you have to.

  • Size is not recommended.
  • Gradually remove any dead, fragile or damaged branches.

Watering the liquidambar:

During the first years of its life, liquidambar requires regular watering.

In addition to the mulching which will maintain a good level of humidity, do not hesitate to water it in case of high heat.

  • Once properly installed, rainwater will suffice for the liquidambar's needs.

Good to know about liquidambar

Needless to say much more, except that Liquidambar is a wonder in the fall with its purple hues, unique, which will ignite your garden.

From the same family as thewitch Hazel, it contributes to the great autumnal spectacle.

Originally fromNorth America, it also takes its name from there,American Copalma.

Easy to maintain, its well-cut foliage and its fall colors make it one of the most beautiful trees throughout the year.

Among the species of liquidambar, only 4 still grow in the wild, the others being extinct.

  • Liquidambar acalycina, from china
  • American Copalma, Liquidambar styraciflua originally from America.
  • Liquidambar formosana, from Formosa
  • Liquidambar orientalis, originally from Asia

Extinct species:

  • Liquidambar californicum
  • Liquidambar europaeum

Smart tip about liquidambar

The growth of liquidambar is relatively slow.

The addition of fertilizer will not favor it but, on the other hand, a regular amendment based on manure and algae will actively aid in the proper development of the tree.

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Video: LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua Worplesdon (December 2021).