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- Latin Name- Liquidambar Styraciflua Hardy Planting Zone- 7-9 Mature Height- 50-100 ft Width-up to 60 ft Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
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Sweet Gum Tree - Liquidambar Styraciflue
The Beautiful American Sweetgum
The American Sweetgum is a tree that falls under the deciduous tree category. It mainly grows in warmer and tropical climates, which is why it is primarily found in the eastern parts of the country. The trees grow to a massive size and require an ample amount of space to blossom fully.
The American Sweetgum needs alkaline rich dry soil to grow in. However, the soil is not a significant factor contributing to its growth, since the growth mainly requires warmer temperatures above the ground. When planting an American Sweetgum, it is important to plant it in a place that is not obstructed by concrete or barriers. The tree ideally should not be grown around edges, since it can extend beyond and end up occupying the sidepath.
The best time to plant the American Sweetgum is during spring. During this season, the soil tended to be moister and nourished, while the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. While planting the American Sweetgum, it is important to note that the roots should not be too deep into the ground, since the grow deep into the soil. This will ensure that your tree has the best chance of survival while receiving the nutrients from the field that it needs. The point where the bark of the tree begins and where the root ends should be an inch above the ground to ensure that it grows firmly.
The American Sweetgum has a variety of uses, which is also why people tend to grow this tree in their backyards. For one, the fruit of the tree has incredible medicinal properties which can provide aid to people who suffer from chronic pain. The bark of the tree is known to have gastric calming features that can help when one is suffering from diarrhea or stomach infections.
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 into autumn.These sturdy trees are a great focal point in parks, schoolyards, and other public grounds. It is an impressive giant with a lifespan of up to 400 years.