Oriental Sweetgum

Liquidambar orientalis

Liquidambar orientalis (Oriental Sweetgum) - full view

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Liquidambar orientalis (Oriental Sweetgum) - leaves

Foliage detail

Liquidambar orientalis (Oriental Sweetgum) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 35; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Deciduous; spreading, erect, low canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Green, 3-lobed leaves. Turn various colors in the fall.

  • Flower:

    Inconspicuous flowers in spring.

  • Fruit:

    1" woody, round, brown capsules with spikes.

  • Bark:

    Scaly dark green to brown.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. Some sidewalk clean-up during flower drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Any soil, some shade, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Fruit capsule can cause tripping hazards and pop bike tires.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Turkey. Beautiful fall colors.