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Tree of the Week - August 30, 2004


Sweetgum in fall colorSweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua--Sweet Gum 

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 
Height: 70 ft
Spread: 45 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: Sweet Gum is rarely attacked by pests, and it tolerates wetness and most moist soils. The hard, spiny fruit may limit its placement to areas where foot traffic isn't heavy (especially bare feet). The star-shaped leaves turn bright red in autumn. The corky growths on young twigs give the tree's winter profile a little more solidity than some maples. 

'Moraine' - An upright oval form that is said to be 
hardier than the species. 

Dark fruit against glossy, pointed leaves. Sweetgum's unusual twig structure

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