Botanical Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Common Name: Sweet-Gum
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Height: 60-70' Spread: 30-45' Habit/Form: Pyramidal to rounded Growth Rate: Medium to Fast Zone: 5-9
Cultural Requirements: Sun; prefers deep, acidic soil; slow to establish
Ornamental Characteristics: Star-shaped leaves; yellow, red and purple fall color; "gumball" fruits can be messy; 'Moraine' is more cold hardy and is recommended for northern Illinois.
Uses in the Landscape: Shade tree in areas away from foot traffic where the fruits may be troublesome.
Aerial Salt Tolerance: Highest degree of salt tolerance. Use in the most exposed areas.
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