Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree

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Elegant growth and colors, and just simply stunning! There is no better way to describe the Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'). Worplesdon Sweetgum has a pyramid shape that is clean cut and makes for a fabulous privacy screen for a backyard or a perfect shade tree throughout the warmer seasons.

In the fall, this tree is what everyone goes crazy about after seeing its red, purple, and yellow fall foliage that will illuminate your whole landscaping. It's fall colors will warm your heart in the chilly months. The persistent seedpods look like spikey little round ornaments that songbirds and wildlife adore for their seeds.

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, Sweetgum are cold-hardy and heat tolerant, showing off its incredible fall color despite the heat of the southern growing zones. Highly adaptable cultivar of the resilient native tree, Worplesdon is a bit smaller than its native cousins.

Planting and Application:

If you need a tree to stand out and add an accent to your landscaping then you have found the right tree for you. You will be blown away by the effortless beauty and pride that this tree radiates. Plant this tree near your porch and patio to be able to embrace its elegant growth and color throughout the seasons.

Situate your Worplesdon in a way to shade your home from the summer sun and let it help lower cooling costs. Shade a backyard seating area, or add to a mixed tree windbreak. Sweetgum or Sweet Gum goes by many names depending on your region, and has its own unique medicinal and timber uses! The dried sap was used as chewing gum and is sweet, giving this tree its name.

Sweetgum looks fantastic on a raised berm, in naturalized-looking groupings, but will also work well along a creek or pond. Sweet Gum is suitable for the edge of planned Rain Gardens, as well!

  • Unique Star-Shaped Foliage
  • Elegant Pyramid Shape
  • Incredible Fall Foliage Full of Red, Purple & Yellow
  • Bird-Friendly Round Spikey Seed Pods
  • Phenomenal Accent Tree, Incredible, Cool Shade Tree & Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant your Worplesdon Sweetgum in full sun with well-drained soil to allow it to grow to its mature size of 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide. These tough, native trees tolerate many soil conditions exceptionally well, including salt, alkaline, and clay. 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 and periodic drought for a short time.

Establish your tree with careful watering. Thereafter, water regularly to protect your investment. Apply a 3-4 inch deep layer of pine bark or pine straw mulch to young trees, 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 Worplesdon has such a great form you will need to do little or no pruning, but if you do give it a trim, do so in the spring to avoid having the sap run and make a sticky mess. You'll want to give your tree the attention it deserves too!

  • Widely Adaptable in Full Sun
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet & Dry Well-Drained Soils
  • Wide Range of Well-Drained Soil Conditions
  • Pruning Best Done In Spring
  • Pest Resistant, Salt & Clay Soil
  • Low-Maintenance Cold Hardy Native Sweet Gum Variety Cultivar

Order your very own Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree today to illuminate your landscaping daily. You will not be disappointed with this beauty!

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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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Worplesdon Sweetgum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 45 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring