Slender Silhouette Sweetgum Tree

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The supermodel of trees! Everyone who passes this captivating slim giant has the risk or whiplash! This tree is the real definition of a head-turner. That's for sure!

Slender Silhouette Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette') has a body like a supermodel with its mature size of 50 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. Yes, you heard that correctly! Filling out densely with star-shaped foliage, plus unique clustered flowers that transform into ornamental spikey round seedpods that feed birds and wildlife!

If the incredible shape and size won't steal your heart then the green glossy leaves that fade into purple, red, orange, and yellow fall foliage might. You will be shocked by the illuminating colors that protrude effortlessly from this tree.

This tree is the queen of being everyone's go-to specimen tree with its uniqueness. When we say everyone will have to take a double-take, we mean EVERYONE! The Slender Silhouette is a complete Showstopper!

Planting and Application:

You can plant Slender Silhouette as a precise, clean property line hedge tree that will work as a perfect privacy screen! Line that slim walkway between your house and the neighbors with a narrow hedge, or line your driveway for a regal effect! A single specimen tree acts like a punctuation mark that adds height to a garden bed or border or adds pinpoint shade when space is tight!

These slim trees are perfect street trees and look fantastic to screen off your front yard from the street! Slender Silhouette creates an ideal modern take on an Italian allée to be a backdrop to seating areas and garden beds! Try planting in multiples to create a delightfully shady summer sitting area!

These columnar Sweetgums, sometimes spelled Sweet Gum, retain all the perks of their native cousins, including fabulous fall color, wide adaptability, and ease of care! Not minding moister soil locations, these adaptable trees can handle areas around Rain Gardens, near ponds, and along streams and water features!

  • Supermodel Slim & Narrow, Upright Growth
  • Glossy Green Leaves
  • Purple, Red, Orange & Yellow Fall Foliage
  • Bird-Friendly Round Spikey Seedballs
  • Neighborhood Head-Turner & Phenomenal Specimen Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This enchanting tree must be planted in full sun with well-drained soil to grow to its mature size, including salt, alkaline, and clay sites. This tall and skinny tree has fleshy roots that greatly appreciate having a nice 3-4" layer of mulch over the roots to moderate the temperature and help maintain better moisture consistency. Prune in spring if needed, waiting until you see new growth emerging, as these trees are like Maples and may bleed sap in the spring from pruning cuts. Pest and disease-resistant, Sweetgum are hardy plants throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9.

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

You won't be able to just buy one of these magnificent Slender Silhouette Columnar Sweetgum Trees. Order your very own today at Nature Hills Nursery!

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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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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Slender Silhouette Sweetgum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No