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American Sweetgum

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American Sweetgum has interesting star-shaped leaves that turn marvelous colors of red, gold and orange in autumn that truly lights up the landscape. These trees are fast growing and can put up with urban pollution. It's very hardy and you can just plant it and forget it. Provides shade where you need it most.

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American Sweetgum

Interesting Bark and Fabulous Fall Color

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The American Sweetgum is a colorful shade tree that shelters your yard with large, shiny green leaves that turn bright red in the fall. It has deeply furrowed brown bark, and grows consistently straight up to 75 feet tall. Matures to a cone-shaped crown. And the fall color! This giant doesn’t just give you color... it explodes in oranges, reds and purples. It's the perfect fall color tree. Not only does it burst with three incredible colors, but the leaves stay on for much longer than typical shade trees. That means you get to enjoy this incredible show for weeks longer! Its wide tolerance for various soil and moisture conditions make it a perfect choice for a windbreak, shade tree or street tree. It can even take extended periods of flooding.

Growing Zones: 6-8

Mature Height: 75 ft.
Mature Width: 40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-8
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We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

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Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

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Yes... Your American Sweetgum can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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It's Easy to Plant your American Sweetgum

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Sweetgum.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Sweetgum gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Sweetgum again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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My Sweetgum tree is 15 ft tall in 4 yrs. Beautiful shaped tree, full of leaves. Great for the hot Texas summers
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December 31, 2012
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