Liquidammbars, also known as ‘Sweet Gum’, are deciduous trees with star-shaped leaves that develop glorious yellow, orange, red and burgundy tones in autumn. Colours well even in warmer climates. Some varieties are large and are best grown in very large gardens and parks, while smaller varieties can be grow in slightly smaller gardens.

How to grow Liquidambar in a garden

Liquidambars are medium to large sized trees, best suited for medium to large sized gardens or parklands. Avoid planting near fences, walls and buildings as above and below ground parts of the plant can be intrusive and invasive. 

  1. Choose a position in full sun with well drained soil. 
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed and Yates Natures Way Organic Compost & Soil Improver. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised doughnut shaped ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Prefers cool-temperate and cold climates but can be grown in sub-tropical regions. 

  • They do not do well in clay soils or heavy shade.

  • Can also be grown as a bonsai.

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