Round-Lobed Sweetgum Tree

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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. The Round-Lobed Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba') won't produce those spiny little fruit balls but will show off all its fantastic foliage and fall color!

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

Planting and Application:

This large variety is sure to become popular with city parks and commercial building managers! The easy-care specimens and shade trees create quite the spectacle for both front-yard curb appeal and back-yard shade! The strong limbs shelter many songbirds and wildlife, and stand up to wind and storms!

These seedless cultivars are ideal for setting around your seating areas, paths, and in lawn plantings without worrying about stepping on spikey seed balls! The lush foliage casts cooling shade and reduces your home's cooling bill. Give these large trees plenty of room to spread to get the best display.

  • Round Lobed Star-Shaped Trees
  • Beautiful Fall Colors
  • Easy Maintenance Seedless Variety
  • Bird-Friendly Large Scale Tree With Strong Limbs
  • Wonderful Shade Tree, Specimens & Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For the best color and strength, plant Sweetgum in full sun with well-drained soil, adapting to nearly any type of soil from saline, alkaline, and clay. Water new trees regularly, but once established, Sweetgum can tolerate wetter soils and periodic drought for a short time. Give new trees regular watering, and thereafter, water regularly to protect your investment.

Top off with a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch 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. Sweetgum trees are pest and disease-free and easy to grow and care for!

  • Best in Full Sun
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil Conditions
  • Handles Periodic Moisture & Drought Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Pest & Disease Resistant

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. What are you waiting for? Order your own Round-Lobed Sweetgum Tree 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

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