Sweet Gum Tree

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Planting Zones 5-9
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Sweet Gum Tree Description

Sweet Gum Tree 

The American sweetgum tree is a large shade and valuable forest asset. It is frequently found on the wet river bottoms or drier uplands. It is also found in swamps that flood often and is native to North America. The scientific name of this tree is Liquidambar styraciflua.

The tree got its name because of the aromatic gum that oozes from its wounds. There is also an alternate name for this tree, known as Redgum. This name is given to those trees with reddish-brown heartwood that emerges out of the logs that are 16 inches or more in diameter.

It is a deciduous tree that reaches the height of 120 feet with a diameter of over 4 feet. However, the tree averages a height of 60-75 feet with a diameter of 2-3 feet. The leaves of this tree are palmately-lobed which later become star-shaped leaves once the tree matures. 

The bark is gray-brown, consisting of rounded ridges and irregular furrows. In spring, this tree blooms with beautiful glossy green flowers with a yellow and red tinge. Over time, the tree produces an adorable fruiting head spherical in shape known as the gumball.

This ball consists of numerous tiny capsules encapsulating one or two-winged seeds. This tree has a very shallow root system, and you must plant it in spring because this is when it flourishes the best.

The sweet Gum Tree is drought tolerant and disease resistant

The winter and fall color of the star-shaped leaves of this shrub is bright red, yellow, orange, or a beautiful purple. The interior finishing of these trees is quite commendable as the tree grows in a straight form. These host plants are valuable for the furniture and musical instrument component industry. 

In some parts of the northern region, the branches of these growing trees are covered with corky projections. The trunk of this tree is usually straight, and you won't see it dividing into multiple layers. On some young trees, the side branches appear small in diameter, creating a pyramidal outlook. Some of the other attributes of these trees include nitrogen fixation in the soil and the provision of humongous shade areas. 

The tree grows best in full sun as well as partial shade. It requires well-drained, acidic soil. Although it can flourish well in dry soil, the root system of these trees must always be kept moist to see its beauty in full swing. It is not only drought tolerant but also disease-resistant. 

This tree is a much-needed tree to complete the entire Carolina landscape. So, buy this American sweetgum and let the sweetness spread into the atmosphere.

Sweet Gum Trees are for sale online at TN Nursery


Reviews (11)

  • 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.

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

    Posted by WilliamPl on May 06, 2016

    Thanks so much for the forum post.Much thanks again. Really Cool. <a href=http://fgr443ty3rfwe4A.tumblr.com/>Crone</a>

  • 4
    I value the forum post. Fantastic. Nowakowski

    Posted by WilliamPl on May 06, 2016

    I value the forum post. Fantastic.

  • 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.


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

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