Liquidambar styraciflua--Sweet Gum

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Liquidambar styraciflua--Sweet Gum

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Sweet gum grows to 75 feet but may lack hardiness to grow north of Flint. Although a slow grower it is rarely attacked by pests, and tolerates wetness and most moist soils. The hard, spiny fruit may puncture tires. Sweet gum is difficult to transplant and should be moved when young. The star shaped leaves turn bright red in autumn.

Cultivars have been selected for their fall color or growth habit: 'Burgundy'--burgundy red fall color, holds leaves late into fall; 'Festival'--narrow upright growth habit, peach colored fall foliage; 'Palo Alto'--pyramidal symmetrical growth, bright orange fall color.

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