Answer: Liquidambar, or Sweet Gum trees, are valued for their form, foliage and fall color. They are moderately fast growing trees, best in full sun, and require deep soaking 2-3 times during the summer months after they've become established. The leaves are lobed, like maple leaves, and fruits form late in the season that look like spiny balls. The leaves fall in the autumn but the spiny ornaments persist during the winter months, falling from the tree the following spring. Liquidambar needs little pruning and is not susceptible to most insects or diseases. The foliage turns from green to red and orange in the autumn.
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