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Cherokee Sweet Gum*

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Ward'

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Cherokee Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Ward') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Cherokee Sweet Gum

Cherokee Sweet Gum

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  American Sweet Gum

Description:

A tall, spreading shade tree with interestingly shaped leaves that turn red to deep burgundy in fall; somewhat particular about growing conditions; this variety is virtually seedles with none of the mess normally associated with Sweetgums

Ornamental Features

Cherokee Sweet Gum has forest green foliage throughout the season. The lobed palmate leaves turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cherokee Sweet Gum is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cherokee Sweet Gum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Cherokee Sweet Gum will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features