American Red Gum, American Sweet Gum, Bilsted, Copalm Balsam, Red Gum, Satin Walnut, American-Storax, Alligator-Wood, Red-Gum, Sweet-Gum
A popular deciduous tree grown for their maple-like leaves with a serrated-margin, brilliant and long-lasting autumn colour. Their flowers and fruits are inconspicuous. It is often planted as an attractive border or hedge or to form beautiful avenues. It is a feature plant during autumn in any large garden providing shade in warm summers and allowing sun through bare branches in winter. After an injury to the stem, a red gum-like fluid appears that lead to the common name liquid amber.
Harvest fruit in Autumn for seeds.
Small 2 seeds within each capsule, from a spiked ball. Harvest the fruit in Autumn after they turned from green to dark brown. Allow fruit to dry (5 - 7 days) before planting.
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings. Keep moist while rooting.
Orange, red or purple leaves cover the tree before it drops.
Planted in rows acting as a wind breaker.
Maple-like palmate leaves.
Eastern United States
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference