Worplesdon Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’)
Elegant growth and colors, and just simply stunning! There is no better way to describe the Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’). Worplesdon Sweetgum has a pyramid shape that is clean cut and makes for a fabulous privacy screen for a backyard or a perfect shade tree throughout the warmer seasons.
In the fall, this tree is what everyone goes crazy about after seeing its red, purple, and yellow fall foliage that will illuminate your whole landscaping. It’s fall colors will warm your heart in the chilly months. The persistent seedpods look like spikey little round ornaments that songbirds and wildlife adore for their seeds.
Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, Sweetgum are cold-hardy and heat tolerant, showing off its incredible fall color despite the heat of the southern growing zones. Highly adaptable cultivar of the resilient native tree, Worplesdon is a bit smaller than its native cousins.
If you need a tree to stand out and add an accent to your landscaping then you have found the right tree for you. You will be blown away by the effortless beauty and pride that this tree radiates. Plant this tree near your porch and patio to be able to embrace its elegant growth and color throughout the seasons.
Situate your Worplesdon in a way to shade your home from the summer sun and let it help lower cooling costs. Shade a backyard seating area, or add to a mixed tree windbreak. Sweetgum or Sweet Gum goes by many names depending on your region, and has its own unique medicinal and timber uses! The dried sap was used as chewing gum and is sweet, giving this tree its name.
Sweetgum looks fantastic on a raised berm, in naturalized-looking groupings, but will also work well along a creek or pond. Sweet Gum is suitable for the edge of planned Rain Gardens, as well!
Plant your Worplesdon Sweetgum in full sun with well-drained soil to allow it to grow to its mature size of 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide. These tough, native trees tolerate many soil conditions exceptionally well, including salt, alkaline, and clay. Its favorite soil is well-drained, moist, and slightly acidic. However, it is adaptable to average soils that drain well and can tolerate wetter soils and periodic drought for a short time.
Establish your tree with careful watering. Thereafter, water regularly to protect your investment. Apply a 3-4 inch deep layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch to young trees, and spread it three feet outside the canopy. Spread the mulch out further for mature trees to keep the spiked seedpods from getting into the lawn.
You will find that your Worplesdon has such a great form you will need to do little or no pruning, but if you do give it a trim, do so in the spring to avoid having the sap run and make a sticky mess. You’ll want to give your tree the attention it deserves too!
Order your very own Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree today to illuminate your landscaping daily. You will not be disappointed with this beauty!
|Common name||Worplesdon Sweetgum|
|Botanical name||Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'|
|Height||40 - 45 ft.|
|Width||20 - 25 ft.|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|
|Flower color||Yellow, Green|