Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moonbeam'
(Golden-leaved Sweet Gum) Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moonbeam' is a small tree with golden-yellow young leaves in spring and early summer, darkening to pale green as they age before showing red, pink and orange tints in autumn.
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Eye-catching tree with unusual golden-yellow new leaves in spring and early summer, darkening to pale green as they age before showing red, pink and orange tints in autumn. The colourful golden summer foliage stands out well against a backdrop of dark green trees and can help brighten a garden.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moonbeam' will grow well in most areas but will produce its most bright and vivid autumn colour in lime free or acidic soils.
- Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Young plants can suffer die back after very severe late spring frosts, but usually recover well.
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Small branching tree.
- Height: 10 m (32 ft).
- Spread: 6 m (20 ft).
- Notes: The autumn colour of individual plants will vary according to weather and in particular the pH of your soil. The best, most vivid colours will occur in lime-free or acid soils. A liberal annual application of flowers of sulphur around the base of a Liquidambar, at a rate of up to 2 oz. per square yard on neutral or slightly alkaline soils will slowly lower the pH and intensify the autumn colour!
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Mature Size
- Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Damp / Wet, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Leaf Colour - Gold/Yellow
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