Liquidambar Trees

Liquidambar styraciflua


The Liquidambar Tree is an elegant tree grown for their maple like foliage and spectacular orange, red and purple colour in autumn.


Botanical name

Liquidambar styraciflua

Approx height when sent

1.2 – 1.5 metres 7L pot, 1.75 – 2 metres 12L pot

Ultimate height and spread

20 metres x 3 metres

When to plant



Mainly grown as a specimen tree, although it is also magnificent in woodland or park settings. They are also used in urban street plantings. A deciduous conical to spreading tree with large glossy lobed toothed maple like leaves, purple when young, green in summer turning to a glorious mass of orange, red and purple in autumn.

A fully to frost hardy tree, Liquidamber prefer sun or partial shade and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It is not advisable to plant on shallow, chalky soil. No regular pruning is necessary but like all trees they appreciate weed, mulch and a feed in spring.

Suitable for a medium to large garden with space. Approx height in maturity 23 to 30m / 80 to 100ft. Spread 20m/70ft.

Common Name: Liquidambar
Latin Name: Liquidamber styraciflua
Soil: Moist Fertile, well-drained
Habit: Conical spreading
Position: Sun, partial shade, some shelter
Colour: Green with orange and red autumn colour
Hardiness: Fully hardy to frost hardy
Eventual Height x Spread: 28m x 18m – 100ft x 60ft
Special features: Beautiful shape and aromatic foliage


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