Liquidambar styraciflua



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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 60 ft    Width: to 30 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Aroma, fragrance, hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Shade tree. This is a clone former, so it can also be used to provide screening or for an "island" of habitat for wildlife
Considerations: Plant where its persistent bur-like fruits (gum balls) will not be underfoot. Also, its resinous leaves will stain cement driveways and car finishes.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic to neutral


Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. River bottoms, upland hardwood forests, roadsides.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Larval host plant for luna (Actias luna) moths