Also known as
Redgum, American Storax, Sweetgum, Liquidambar, Satinwood, American sweet gum
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) in Mellon Park, Pittsburgh 01 by Cbaile19 (CC0)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Liquid Amber Overview
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.
Common problems with Liquid Amber
How to harvest Liquid Amber
Harvest fruit in Autumn for seeds.
How to propagate Liquid Amber
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.
Propagate by budding in spring or from seed in autumn.
Special features of Liquid Amber
Orange, red or purple leaves cover the tree before it drops.
Planted in rows acting as a wind breaker.
Maple-like palmate leaves.
Other uses of Liquid Amber
Foliage, shade, timber. Intense scarlet, purple, and yellow autumn foliage.
Multi Stemmed Trees
With a little formative work these trees can be trained into multi- stemmed specimens.
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Damp, wet locations are perfect for these perennial plants.