A picture of a Liquid Amber

Liquid Amber

Liquidambar styraciflua

Also known as

Redgum, American Storax, Sweetgum, Liquidambar, Satinwood, American sweet gum

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) in Mellon Park, Pittsburgh 01 by Cbaile19 (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Liquid Amber

2014-11-02 13 06 29 Sweet Gum during autumn along Lower Ferry Road in Ewing, New Jersey
A photo of Liquid Amber
A photo of Liquid Amber
A photo of Liquid Amber

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

Problem free

    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

    Autumn colour

    Orange, red or purple leaves cover the tree before it drops.

    Hedge plant

    Planted in rows acting as a wind breaker.

    Attracts birds

    Attractive leaves

    Maple-like palmate leaves.

    Other uses of Liquid Amber

    Foliage, shade, timber. Intense scarlet, purple, and yellow autumn foliage.


    US Native Trees

    Trees that are native to the US.

    A photo of Balsam Fir

    Balsam Fir

    Abies balsamea

    Explore all

    Multi Stemmed Trees

    With a little formative work these trees can be trained into multi- stemmed specimens.

    Explore all