Sweet Gum Tree

Sweet Gum Tree

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November Through April
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Sweet Gum Tree


Sweet Gum Tree: Liquidambar styraciflua, or the sweet gum tree, is a tall, stately tree that performs well in the moderately warm USDA plant hardiness zones.


The sweet gum tree is a native species to North America, often occurring in nature in flood plains, near swamps of marshlands, or near river tributaries.


Although it can reach as much as 120 feet high, it generally averages approximately seventy feet at maturity. Gardeners and landscapers love this tree for its easy temper and the lack of care after the roots develop.


TN Nursery recommends the sweet gum tree for customers seeking a tall tree that will be heat-tolerant and drought-tolerant.


Another great reason to select the sweet gum tree is to help de-compact your soil. If you have compacted soil in your yard, the sweet gum tree loosens the ground with a shallower root system that grows wider than most trees--breaking up the soil as those roots strengthen.


Other Common Names for Sweet Gum Tree


Some gardeners prefer other common names for Liquidambar styraciflua. Here are a few:


  •      American Sweet Gum
  •      Redgum
  •      Red Sweet Gum
  •      Sweetgum
  •      Sweet Gum
  •      Sweetgum Tree
  •      Gumball Tree


These nicknames mostly describe the fruit of this tree--one to three-inch pods shaped like gumballs that appear every autumn. The pods contain seeds, which your local birds and squirrels will feast on throughout the winter. 


The Grand Stature of the Sweet Gum Tree Makes It Wonderful for Shade


The sweet gum tree generally stays around a hundred feet when fully grown but sometimes grows taller. As it matures, the crown forms a pyramid-like shape with a rounded top. The trunk of this tree is sturdy and large to support its grand height--it can be as much as three to four feet in diameter. Its bark is light- to medium-gray and displays an intriguing, ridged pattern.


The sweet gum tree leaves are multi-lobed and form a star shape upon maturation. They have slightly serrated edges, a dark green hue, and can be up to eight inches across. The canopy of the sweet gum tree turns amber, orange, russet, and purple in the autumn.


The “gumballs” appear around the end of August and continue to develop through the early fall. Throughout the winter, they drop from the tree, much to the delight of your wintertime garden visitors.


Order Your Sweet Gum Tree from TN Nursery


The sweet gum tree is an excellent landscaping choice for anyone who needs a tall shade tree but has soil compaction. Order your sweet gum tree from TN Nursery today.

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  • 4
    Sweet Gum tree

    Posted by Grace Brown on Jan 23, 2022

    Very resilient from any plant disease and stands beautifully with its orangey red color. I had this for so long. Thanking TN nursery for this variety.

  • 5
    Healthy, well packaged

    Posted by David Beers on Jan 07, 2021

    Pleased with the condition of the tree and roots, very well packaged. Now we just have to wait for spring.

  • 5

    Posted by Blake on Dec 09, 2020

    I love ordering trees on here good prices and good quality.

  • 5
    American Sweet Gum Tree

    Posted by Vickie Delayn on Aug 27, 2019

    Great friendly service. Nicely packaged and quick shipping. and all my trees where great

  • 5
    American Sweet Gum Tree

    Posted by Edna Walls on Aug 22, 2019

    amazing fall colors

  • 5
    American Sweet Gum Tree

    Posted by Larry Cooley on Aug 21, 2019

    Wonderful addition to our driveway.

  • 5
    Beautiful Tree

    Posted by Lane Simmons on Sep 28, 2018

    Received my trees very impressed. The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. Will be ordering again soon.

  • 4
    Thanks so much for the forum post.Much thanks again. Really Cool. Rood

    Posted by WilliamPl on May 06, 2016

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  • 4
    I value the forum post. Fantastic. Nowakowski

    Posted by WilliamPl on May 06, 2016

    I value the forum post. Fantastic.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April