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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum Ball'
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum Ball' - habit and summer foliage
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum Ball'
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum Ball' - habit and summer foliage

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum Ball'

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(Compact Sweet Gum) A remarkable form of sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum ball' with a 'lollipop' shape and a dense, compact, bushy head of branches.

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A remarkable form of sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum ball'  with a 'lollipop' shape and a dense, compact, bushy head of branches. The leaves are green, turning vivid shades of orange-red in autumn before falling. A striking cultivar, very suited for small gardens.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum ball' 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: Slow.
  • Habit: Very small tree or even a shrub with a compact, densely branched head.
    • Height: 2.5 m (8 ft).
    • Spread: 2 m (6 ft).
  • Notes: Larger plants are available for special order which have been grafted on to tall, straight stems. These are much more expensive but give this Liquidambar a more architectural appearance - featuring a straight main trunk and a rounded, bushy head once established. Please call our office on (01530) 413700 for more information.
How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large (3m+), Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Damp/Wet, Soil: Acid, Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Suitable for Containers, Habit - Architectural

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