Refine Search
  • USDA Hardiness Zones
  • Rosehill Top 100
  • Plant Type
  • Mature Height
  • Mature Width
  • Growth Habit
  • Sun Exposure
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Bloom Color
  • Bloom Interest
  • Bloom Period
  • Fall Color
  • Foliage Color
  • Foliage Type
  • Cost
  • Maintenance Level
  • Water Preference
  • Attracts Birds
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attributes
Refine Search

American Sweetgum

  - OR -  
Plant Information
Common Name American Sweetgum
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua
Plant Type Shade
Mature Height 60 to 75 ft
Mature Width 50 to 60 ft
Growth Habit Rounded
Bloom Color Yellow-green
Bloom Interest Insignificant
Bloom Period April to May
Seasonal Interest Summer, Fall, Winter
Foliage Color Medium Green
Foliage Type Star-shaped lobed
Fall Color Red, Orange, Yellow
Attributes Clay Soil, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tree
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Birds No
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 9
Zoned for KC Region Yes
Water Preference Moist,Well-drained
Maintenance Level Low
Cost Low
Watering Notes Water deeply if rainfall is less than 1" per week especially for the first 3 years after planting. After roots are established, water deeply in extreme weather situations.
Fertilize Notes According to Missouri Department of Conservation, trees seldom need to be fertilized even when planting. But it may be used to increase growth rates. If the tree is weak or distressed, fertilizer should only be applied sparingly.
Prune Notes Sweetgum needs little pruning but winter is the time if necessary.