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GOLD DUST SWEETGUM
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gold Dust'
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR
Resistant to oak root fungus. Green foliage is speckled with gold and yellow colors.
Additional Common Names
GOLD DUST SWEETGUM, LIQUIDAMBAR
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
Columnar or Conical Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 45 feet.
Width: 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Lobed and Palmate, Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Prolific, Brown or Mostly Green Capsule, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Fissured.
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 3 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Aphids, Caterpillars, Scales and Spider Mites, Armillaria, Anthracnose, Chlorosis and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Not Deer Palatable.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gold Dust' Tree Record." 1995-2020. Dec 5, 2020.
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