Liquidamber Slender Silhouette

 

Suitable for small gardens, introduced from the USA. Cultivar of the American sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua, and as the name suggests it has a tall, slender habit. Produces lustrous, maple-like green leaves, which take on stunning shades of orange and crimson in the autumn before they fall. Produces spikey fruits that ripen from green to brown that hang from the branches. Easy to grow tree that will reach around 18m tall, but will only spread to around 2m wide.

 

 

Plant in fertile well drained soil, shelter from cold drying winds. Full sun, Hardy.

 

General Tree Planting and care

  • Water the Tree thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • If the Tree is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base Adding a bucketful of planting compost
  • Drive in one or two tree stakes a little off centre
  • Remove the pot gently, if the tree is well rooted cut off the pot
  • Position the tree against the stake if one stake is used or in the middle if two are being used
  • Ensure that the top of the Root ball is level with the surrounding soil
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in well
  • Secure to the stake or stakes using one or two rubber adjustable straps
  • Water the tree and area thoroughly, then again at least once a week during the first growing season
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring