Moraine Sweet Gum

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Excellent Form, Color Moraine Sweet Gum

  • Uniform, Pyramidal-Shaped Canopy
  • Beautiful, Star-Shaped Leaves
  • Showy Red and Yellow Fall Color
  • Great Tree for Modern Lots
  • Faster-Growing Than Other Varieties
  • Cold Hardy Sweet Gum Variety
  • Native Tree
  • Wildlife Appeal
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet Soils
  • Spectacular Bonsai Specimen

Add value to your property with a charming, fast-growing shade tree. Even compact trees can reduce cooling costs on a small lot.

Use this beautiful tree to amp up the visual impact all year-long. With excellent fall color, Moraine Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moriane') makes a big splash.

It easily stands out with its boldly lobed leaves. Thick and glossy, these noteworthy leaves cast relaxing, dense shade and help you maximize your entertainment area.

The star-shaped leaves are a showy attribute in their own right all season long. Once the nights get cooler, the autumn color comes on in a brilliant display of bold red and warm yellows.

Moraine Sweet Gum will become a fiery focal point for your autumn garden. They become a glowing column of fall colors.

This medium-sized tree features a ship-shape canopy that stays nicely uniform and trim. Even the textured, corky bark looks attractive through wintertime!

These tough, native trees tolerate many soil conditions extremely well. They'll even put up with periodically moist soils.

Local birds and squirrels love the fascinating, persistent "gumball" fruit, and so do kids. Create a mulched bed underneath, and you'll never have to worry about them.

Moraine Sweet Gum is the most cold-hardy variety, and can be safely grown up to Zone 5. These gorgeous native trees are in high demand, as they grow faster than other varieties.

Please place your order for Moraine Sweet Gum today. We only have a limited inventory.

How to Use Moraine Sweet Gum in the Landscape

Let this tree develop into its beautiful form, with plenty of room to reach mature height and spread. Please note that this tree may get larger in warmer climates in just the right growing conditions. Naturalize it in a mulched bed, so you can fully appreciate its carefree nature.

With rough-textured bark, and a smoothly formal outline—Moraine Sweet Gum is a study in contrasts. Play it up with the huge mophead blooms of Annabelle Hydrangeas on the east side of the planting.

Add a collection of wildlife shrubs of all sizes underneath. Plant Witch Hazel and Sweetspire on the north side; Viburnum and Bluebeard to the south and west.

Study our extensive catalog to achieve the look you want. Our sales team can help answer any questions you might have.

If you have a larger property, you can create an informal grouping of three or five trees. Use a loose, planting pattern and vary the width from 25 to 40 feet apart.

They look fantastic on a raised berm, but will also work well along a creek or pond. Moraine Sweet Gum is suitable for the edge of planned Rain Gardens, as well.

If you want a specimen native tree to provide a romantic look in a Zen or Meditation Garden, add one all by itself. It will grow to create a natural playground for kids of all ages.

This versatile tree has such pretty leaves. For an effective privacy screen, consider keeping the lowest branches on the trunk for a bushier look.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Moraine Sweet Gum thrives in either full sun or partial shade. They need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Its favorite soil is well-drained, moist and slightly acidic. However, it is adaptable to average soils that drain well; and can tolerate wetter soils for a short time.

Establish your tree with careful watering. Thereafter, water regularly to protect your investment.

Apply a three-inch layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch to young trees, and spread it three feet outside the canopy. Pull the mulch away from the tree trunk by six inches.

Use a slow-release fertilizer formula for acid-loving plants annually. Follow the application rate according to the directions on the label.

Prune in late winter, as needed. Keep the canopy at your preferred height.

You'll love these delightful native trees. Let Moraine Sweet Gum knock your socks off with their outstanding brilliant red fall color display, and enjoy the shade from green leaves all summer. Order yours today!

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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.

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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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0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Moraine Sweet Gum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moraine'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No