Festival Sweetgum Tree

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The name says it all, this beautiful shade tree delivers a festival of fall colors! A highly regarded selection, Festival Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Festival) is both tall and very narrow in form, making it ideal for modern and urban lots. The spring flower clusters become persistent spikey seed balls that birds love!

This tree boasts a perfectly straight trunk and interesting, corky ridges that run all along the bark. But its most outstanding feature is the spectacular early fall color! The Festival Liquidambar's beautiful glossy star-shaped leaves turn a mix of oranges, reds, and yellows with hints of purple in the fall.

The color comes on slowly, so the progression is an ever-changing display of fall color that lasts well over a month. This fall color is particularly appreciated in milder climates of USDA growing zones 5 to 9, where dazzling fall color is not as common! Use this fabulous improved native variety in your warm-weather yard but be prepared! You'll have to host a Block Party every year to celebrate its beautiful fall leaves.

Planting and Application:

Festival Sweetgum's size and narrow form make it ideal to line a driveway or to provide shade from the hot afternoon sun in a smaller yard, or side yard! Smaller urban lots light up with the addition of these stately and colorful specimen trees!

Host guests around a backyard bonfire just as the leaves begin to set off their own fiery colors! Or shock all the neighbors with a specimen planting on a berm as a crown jewel to your front yard curb appeal! Create naturalized groupings that attract songbirds and wildlife!

Lovely shade trees in backyard seating areas, using a mulched bed around the tree so you won't have to worry about the ornamental spikey seed balls getting into your lawn or underfoot. Loving higher moisture, plant Festival Sweet Gum in Rain Gardens and moist soil locations along streambanks and ponds.

  • Star-Shaped Green Foliage
  • Beautiful Fall Colors
  • Stays Narrow for Modern Yards
  • Bird-Friendly Seedpods & Sheltering Strong Branches
  • Perfect Accent Tree, Shade & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Sweetgum trees are pest and disease-free and easy to grow and care for! 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.

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 find that your Sweetgum has such a great form you will need to do little or no pruning, but if you do prune it is best to trim in the spring.

  • Easy Care Native Cultivar in Full Sun
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet & Dry Well-Drained Soils
  • Widely Adaptable to Many Well-Drained Soil Conditions
  • Pruning Best Done In Spring
  • Easy Care & Pest & Disease Resistant

Gorgeous color, slim profile, and easy native hardiness, the Festival Sweetgum Tree will bring the festivities to your landscape with ease! Order now at 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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Vibrant Fall Color for Warmer Zones

Liquidambars - also known as Sweegums - have long been an important source for flavorings, perfumes, and folk medicines. Now, they are a popular group of shade or accent trees. These are widely distributed native trees growing throughout the Eastern and Western seaboards and into South Texas.

Festival was one of the 3 Liquidambar selections released by the Saratoga Horticultural Institute in the late 1950s. These specially selected trees were improvements over the native Sweetgum. Much improved color and reduced seed production were the happy results.


Festival Sweetgum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua 'Festival'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Greenish Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Fall
Pruning Time Early Spring