- Fall Color
- Fast Growing
- Great for Shade
- Fragrant, Decorative Leaves
- Winter Interest
- Butterfly Magnet
- Widely Adaptable
For a fabulous fall, plant native Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua). The large leaves provide superb summer shade and fall color brilliant autumn shades of yellow, red and purple fall color.
Each 7-inch, toothed leaf is so deeply lobed that it resembles a star and emits a pleasing fragrance when crushed. Try them in potpourri and other scented cachets.
Yellow spring flowers feed early pollinators. Clusters of round, bristly fruit decorate the tree for winter.
The tree’s “gum” or resin is also fragrant. A fast-growing tree, Sweet Gum is sure to provide you with years of fascination.