Round-Lobed Sweetgum

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A Tidy Tree with Fabulous Fall Color

If you have enough room to plant a large shade tree, you'll want to consider the exciting seedless new selection of gorgeous native Liquidambar. Rotundiloba (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba') won't produce those spiny little fruit balls

It's becoming very popular because it's a much tidier tree than the original species. You'll still get all the amazing fall color, but you'll have one less chore on your list.

This variety is sure to become popular with city parks and commercial building managers. Imagine one planted to shade your patio, and you'll quickly understand the appeal of a seedless sweetgum shade tree.

Rotundiloba' s conical trunk is a bit wider at the base than other Liquidambars. However, just like other Liquidambar varieties, as the tree ages, the bark grows distinctively deep, corky ridges, which add a tremendous amount of visual appeal. This deeply textured bark is a big part of this tree's beautiful display.

But you could be forgiven for forgetting all about the bark once you see the star-shaped leaves of this tree lit up like a firecracker for an entire month in autumn!

Dark, glossy, forest green leaves develop streaks of deep red here and there, the color coming on slowly but steadily as the fall temperatures begin to drop.

The intensity of the red builds, creating an ever-changing display of different depths of red - finally turning a glossy dark purple before the leaf falls.

What a show!

This variety was carefully selected for its ability to provide dazzling fall color in milder climates where fall color is not as common. Now you don't have to miss out on that amazing fall color display.

A fast grower once established, the Rotundiloba Liquidambar is easy to grow and care for. What are you waiting for? Order today!

  • Beautiful Fall Colors
  • Wonderful Shade Tree
  • Easy Maintenance

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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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
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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Super Seedless Variety

Liquidambars are long-lived trees, and the "gum" or sap has been an important ingredient in flavorings, perfumes and assorted folk remedies and snake oils. Lumber and veneer is also harvested from sweetgums, as they are commonly known.

The Rotundiloba Liquidambar is one of the first seedless selection released. This special selection of tree eliminates the trouble of dealing with the spiny seed that is associated with most all other varieties of Liquidambars.

Rotundiloba Liquidambar is a hardy selection that develops wonderful fall color in the nearly chill free zones as dependably as in any cold climate.


Round-Lobed Sweetgum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soils
Moisture Medium Moisture
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes