The Sweet Gum Tree is a large native tree that can be found growing in colonies in the Climate Zones 2-6. This large tree can be known to grow around 100 feet with a large spread of up to sixty feet. The Sweet Gum tree can be named after its aroma that can be smelt from many feet. The Sap of this tree can be known to be exceptionally sweet smelling and has a consistency of chewing gum. The sap can be used for many years for medicinal uses by pioneers and Native Americans. The Sweet Gum Tree blooms in the springtime months with clusters of small white flowers. These later changes into spiky balls that contain black seeds inside that can be prized by birds as a tasty treat. Sweet Gum Trees have a scaly bark that resembles alligator skin. This tree can be labeled as “difficult” to grow and is not easily transplanted.
Climate Zone: 2 to 6.
Mature Height: 50 - 100 ft.
Sunlight: Prefers Full Sun.
Blooming Season: Spring.
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils, Moist, Well-Drained.
Botanical Name: Liquidambar Styraciflua.