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Growth & Zones
Sweetgums need a location in full sun or partial shade.
They grow in almost any soil, from sandy to clay and from acid to slightly alkaline. They have a lot of shallow roots, but they also have some deep roots that prefer moist, deep soil.
USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. (see map)
Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua) look spectacular in fall when their leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow, orange or purple.
The autumn show continues into late fall and early winter, and these stately shade trees are worth planting just to enjoy this fall color.
Birds, chipmunks and squirrels love sweetgum trees, which provide them with food, shelter and nesting sites.
Sweet gum tree leaves have five to seven pointed lobes, and their shape will remind you of a star. Mature leaves are 4 to 7 inches wide. Their fall color lasts much longer than most other trees.
Caring for your tree
Once established, sweetgums need very little care. You don’t need to fertilize them every year, although they appreciate some general purpose fertilizer or compost every few years.
The trees are drought tolerant and don’t need to be watered once mature. Although they don’t need much direct care, they add quite a bit to your fall landscape maintenance. They drop an abundance of leaves that need raking, and gumballs fall from the tree over a period of months.