Sweetgum (Liquidambar Styraciflua)
Full sun tolerant
Deep, glossy green star-shaped leaves mark the Sweetgum. Leaves turn yellow-purple-red in the fall, and stay on the tree quite late. Its shape is pyramidal, becoming more rounded with age. This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13″ to more than 24″ per year. Grows 60′-70′, with a 45′ spread. The American sweetgum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It has moderate drought tolerance.