Climate Zones: 5 to 9
Mature Height: 60 to 70 ft.
Mature Width: 40 to 50 ft.
Growth/Year: 1 to 2 ft.
Sunlight: Preferrs Full Sun.
Soil Conditions: Preferrs Acidic, Moist Soils.
Botanical Name: Liquidambar Styraciflua
The deciduous Sweet Gum tree is a native of the warmer regions of the U.S. and one of the more valuable hardwood forest trees in the southeast. Its five-pointed, star-like leaves make it recognizable, along with dense, spiked fruit. Its flowers bloom between March and May and last until well in to autumn.
The medium-sized Sweet Gum reaches a mature height of 35-50 feet in domestication, but in the wild they soar up to 120 feet with a trunk width of 2 to 3 feet. These sturdy trees are a great focal point in parks, school yards, and other public grounds. An impressive giant with a life span of up to 400 years.