Burgundy Sweetgum Tree

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Bold, dynamic fall color, the Burgundy Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflus 'Burgundy') features a beautiful deep, red/purple, long-lasting fall color and a wonderfully bold, upright character. This tree makes a statement in any yard with its deeply textured corky trunk and distinctive large, glossy, star-shaped leaves, which turn heads in fall!

The spring flower clusters become persistent spikey seed balls that birds love! But standing back one will notice that the narrow Burgundy is a very balanced pyramidal tree that tapers down from a central leader. When space is limited, this modern variety is the right choice!

As a columnar tree, it will grow tall, but not too wide for you. The Burgundy's canopy presents a dense columnar appearance with dark rich summer green foliage. You may also be looking for a tree that develops "knock your socks off", an incredibly brilliant fall color. Well, this is it!

The outstanding color spans across shades from deep crimson, to glistening burgundy tones that seem to shimmer in the daytime sunlight. The display lasts for over a month - even if you live in a warmer climate! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these tall trees only spread 20-30 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

This ornamental tree fits into side yards and around the landscape just beautifully! Give its roots at least 10 feet of wiggle room from patios, sidewalks, or walkways, and add a 10-foot wide swath of mulch beneath the canopy to catch the spikey seed balls that birds adore! Tuck a few lounge chairs or a hammock and bask in the shade!

Use the Burgundy Sweet Gum to block the hot afternoon sun, accent your property line, or plant in multiples to create a delightfully shady summer sitting area! A wonderful tree to line a driveway with or to screen out an unwanted view. The Burgundy's beautiful balance structure makes it a very formal-looking tree in the landscape.

Not minding moister soil locations, these adaptable trees can handle areas around Rain Gardens, near ponds, and along streams and water features!

  • Unique Star-Shaped Leaves
  • Columnar Shade Tree Fits In Small Landscapes
  • Brilliant Burgundy/Purple Fall Foliage!
  • Moderate to Fast Growth Rate
  • Gorgeous Specimens, Shade Trees & Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Best in full sun and well-drained, moist, and slightly acidic average soils, but can tolerate wetter soils and periodic drought for a short time, including salt, alkaline, and clay sites. Establish your tree with careful watering, and thereafter, water regularly to protect your investment. Sweetgum trees are pest and disease-free and easy to grow and care for! It's easy to grow and will achieve good height quickly!

Apply a 3-4 inch deep layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch to young trees, and spread it three feet outside the canopy. Spread the mulch out further for mature trees to keep the spiked seedpods from getting into the lawn. You will need to do little or no pruning, but if you do prune, it is best to trim in the spring.

  • Best in Full Sun
  • Moderate to High Moisture
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Widely Adaptable In Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Minimal Maintenance - Prune Early Spring

With today's smaller lot sizes, the Burgundy Liquidambar Sweetgum Tree might be the perfect all-around shade tree! Order your new favorite fall color trees today from Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Gorgeous Fall Color

All Liquidambars are native to the United States, growing throughout the eastern seaboard to the south of Texas. The name 'Sweetgum' comes from the sap of the tree which in the past has been used for a variety of flavorings, perfumes and medicines.

The Burgundy Liquidambar is a selection made by the Saratoga Horticultural Institute in Saratoga California in the late 1950s. The tree's numerous qualities above and beyond all other Liquidambars tested, made it a stand out!

A moderate to fast growth rate with a non-competing leader was the first indication of this superior selection.


Burgundy Sweetgum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua Burgundy
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring