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Sweet Gum

Multiple Fascinating Features in One Superior Tree

Sweet Gum provides superb shade and fall color with its rounded crown and brilliant autumn shades of yellow, red and purple.  Each 7-inch, toothed leaf is so deeply lobed that it resembles a star and emits a pleasing fragrance when crushed.  Yellow, spring flowers lead to clusters of round, bristly fruit that decorate the tree for winter.  The tree’s “gum” offers a variety of uses, and is a sure conversation starter.

A fast-growing tree that easily reaches over 60 feet tall, Sweet Gum is sure to provide you with years of fascination. 

* Decorative leaves
* Winter interest
* Wildlife interest
* Rabbit and deer resistant
* Fragrant
* Insect resistant
* Fall color
* Fast growing
* Adaptable to a variety of soils
* Great for shade
* Low maintenance

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Pleasantly surprised Review by Dirty Gladys
Surprised how fast mine is growing. Fall leaves are spectacular!
Amazing fall color Review by Doug-69
I know others may have an issue with the gumballs but I remember one of these trees in my neighborhood growing up. The fruit dropping is no big deal compared to the beauty & fall color they provide. Highly recommend them
Strong beauty Review by Angelique
We planted these trees on the west side of our home for a windbreak. They withstood an F1 tornado without any damage. They do have those spiky balls, but those are a minimal nuisance compared to the beauty and strength of these trees. They also grow very fast and the fall color is very beautiful.
Hazard to dogs Review by lk
I realize how beautiful this tree can be, and the Fall color is wonderful, but the sweet gum balls that fall not only can cause a serious fall if you step on them, but it is a danger to dogs. My dog almost died after he swallowed one, and had to have emergency surgery. $2,800.00 later, and almost loosing a beloved pet I would say that there are other trees that are just as beautiful and not nearly as dangerous.
majestic Review by whitelghter491
I can see why the sweetgum fruit (called gumballs by some) would be a nuisance to some people. However, I have a sentimental attachment to this kind of tree because there was a huge sweetgum in our front yard when I was a little kid. For some reason when I was a toddler I started calling the gumballs "charlie pops". I have no idea where I got the name from, but it seemed appropriate, and that's what my parents call them to this day. I think sweetgum trees are majestic, and could easily be mistaken for oaks if it weren't for the shape of the leaves. However, the sweetgum tree in our front yard was really tall, and even the lowest branches were so high up you needed binoculars to see what shape the leaves were.

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  15.01 - 30.00     $    12.95
  30.01 - 50.00     $    15.95
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  75.01 - 150.00     $    23.95
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  • •  #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
  • •  #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
  • •  5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
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Plant Facts

Family Liquidambar styraciflua
Foliage Green
Mature Height 60 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-9
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Mature Form Pyramidal to Conical
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Insignificant
Fall Color Orange, Scarlet, Purple

Sweet Gum.

Rating: 3.6/5 based on 17 review(s)
  • Starting at: $49.95 - Out of stock
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