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Outstanding Accent Colorful American Sweetgum

  • Native Tree Supports Local Wildlife with Shelter and Food
  • Distinctive Star-Shaped Leaves
  • Fall Color is a Vibrant Mix of Red, Orange, Purple and Yellow
  • Upright, Stately Form
  • Low Maintenance
  • Break-Resistant Branches
  • Grows Quickly
  • Tolerates Moist Soils and Periodic Drought
  • Pest Resistant
  • Valuable Wood
  • Used for Chewing Gum in the Past

One of North America's finest native species trees for fall color is the showy American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua). We're proud to grow and sell this majestic national treasure for use in either residential or commercial landscapes.

From a distance, American Sweetgum is a graceful presence. You'll admire the energetic form all year-long, with strong, upturned branches on bold display.

Young star-shaped leaves add a dazzling green cloak all season. These perfectly noticeable leaves feature personable notches along the margins.

Sweetgum trees have a lot of character. These aren't "cookie-cutter" trees, but rather become a special accent or focal point to relish.

Add one as a destination at the end of a planned garden walk. You'll be astounded at the color play in fall...each leaf is draped in a different color.

American Sweetgum leaves turn fiery reds through plum purples; spiced gold and harvest orange to celebrate the end of the season. Why not place an outdoor fire pit nearby and include a ring of wood stumps for an annual sing-along?

Even if you live in the warmer part of its range, you'll be treated with a reliable fall performance. Over time, you'll even be able to feel good about feeding local songbirds with their famous Sweetgum seed fruit balls.

These special trees look right at home in a park-like corporate campus, as well. Maximize the diversity of species in your plantings to create a wise landscaping investment by adding an informal grouping.

Perhaps best of all, American Sweetgum is easy to grow, and puts on height for shade quickly. Order yours from our native tree specialists today!

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

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
#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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Sweet Gum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua
Mature Height 60 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune Early Spring