American Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

Known for its brilliant orange-red fall foliage, star-shaped leaves and distinct seed pods, sweetgums are durable urban shade trees with seeds that are valued by wildlife.

Size and Light Requirements

Sweetgums require full sun and are moderate growers – reaching 40 feet in height in 50 years.

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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, D.C.

Photo Credits

Maggie, Forest and Kim Starr, geneva_wirth, Derek Ramsey, Shane Vaughn, dankeck