Liquidambar acalycina

Liquidambar acalycina
Liquidambar acalycina 
Chinese sweetgum
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green and burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Sweetgums are very popular trees from the USA. Thanks to the leaf shape they are often mistaken for maples. However, leaves of sweet gum are more star-shaped and usually smaller. They fall down late, throughout winter and the tree is decorated with fruits, which are small, spiny spheres.

Acalycina is a fantastic, unique species of sweet gum with only 3-lobed, deciduous leaves. If you look from up close you will notice further 2 lobes but they are so tiny that do not spoil the effect of large, 3-lobed leaves. The foliage emerges burgundy brown in spring and the leaves at the ends of the branches remain coppery red throughout the season if planted in full sun while inner leaves closer to the trunk are dark green. This bicolour effect makes this tree very attractive in a subtle way. Autumn colour is coppery orange to burgundy red.

Acalycina is a slow or moderately growing mid-sized tree, forming a narrowly pyramidal shape with a somewhat oval crown when mature. It likes any fertile to mid-fertile soil, preferably acid and moist but well drained. When established it can take temporary flooding. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 23-02-2010

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Liquidambar acalycina
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  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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