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ORIENTAL SWEETGUM
Liquidambar orientalis

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Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL and Blake Garden - Kensington, CA

General Notes

Resistant to oak root fungus.

Native to Turkey.

Family: Hamamelidaceae

Additional Common Names

ORIENTAL SWEETGUM, LIQUIDAMBAR

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 feet.

Width: 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Lobed and Palmate, Green, Red or Purple or Bronze, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).

Prolific, Brown or Mostly Green Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.

Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Furrowed or Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 5 - 9 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Scales, Armillaria.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Riparian or Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Liquidambar orientalis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Dec 5, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/liquidambar-orientalis >

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