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Silver King Sweet Gum*

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King'

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Silver King Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Silver King Sweet Gum foliage

Silver King Sweet Gum foliage

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Silver King Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Silver King Sweet Gum

Silver King Sweet Gum

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  American Sweet Gum

Description:

A spectacular shade tree with interesting palmate leaves edged in brilliant silver over the season, finally turning rich crimson in fall; spiny fruit can be somewhat messy

Ornamental Features

Silver King Sweet Gum has attractive silver-variegated forest green foliage throughout the season. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Silver King Sweet Gum is a deciduous tree with 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 is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Silver King Sweet Gum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Silver King Sweet Gum will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 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
Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features