General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 40 - 60 feet, possibly higher
Plant Spread: 25 - 30 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Leaves are three-lobed, unlike the five to seven-lobed of other Liquidambar species.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1.5 inch spherical, spiny bur-like gum balls.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Shade Tree
Useful for timber production
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Chinese Sweetgum
  • Formosan Gum
  • Formosa Sweetgum
  • Sweet Gum

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