Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’ - Upright sweet gum
Four species of Liquidambar
are native to Asia and North
America. This tree is native to the eastern United States, Mexico, and
into Central America. They are tall, deciduous
trees used for timber, medicines and aromatics. The sweet gum is an adaptable
tree usually found in moist sites. It is capable of reaching over 100 feet in
height. It is one of the most important timber trees in the southeastern U.S. It
produces an aromatic gum called copalm balm.
Further north, this tree can produce very colorful fall
foliage. Nurseries sell several cultivars selected for their outstanding fall
See these plants on the south side of the Arena. Wild plants are common in natural areas on campus.
Slender Silhouette is reported to grow to sixty feet tall and only six feet wide. Wild trees can reach 100 feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: prefers a moist site, may require irrigation during droughts
Soil: moist to average soil