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Liquidamber styraciflua Gumball


The leaves turn brilliant shades of red in the autumn

A lollipop shaped tree with beatiful leaf colours. The dense green leaves darken as they mature and turn burgundy, orange and finally red before they fall late in winter. Small green flowers appear during spring.


Place this tree where it can be seen and enjoyed, in a small garden. It enjoys full sun or partial shade, with the best autumn colours when grown in full sun.


For best results plant in moderately fertile well-drained soil.

Liquidambar Gum Ball is suitable for small gardens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Winter
Flowering February - April
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to September