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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' - autumn colour
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' - dark purple-black autumn colour
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' - autumn colour
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' - dark purple-black autumn colour

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty'

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(Sweet Gum) New to us this is a handsome conical upright tree with dark green summer leaves and long lasting very dark purple-red autumn colour in October and November.

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New to us, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' is a conical upright tree with dark green summer leaves and dark purple-red autumn colour. The young leaves sometimes develop purple tints in spring as they emerge. 

Best autumn colour once established if planted in a position with plenty of sun and lime-free soil.


  • Position: Full sun.
  • Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liquidambar styraciflua 'Black Beauty' 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 to vigorous.
  • Habit: Medium sized or eventually a large, branching tree.
    • Height: 15 - 18 m (50 - 60 ft).
    • Spread: 10 - 12 m (32  - 40 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
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium (8m - 15m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Acid, Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Rare and Unusual

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