Liquidammbars, also known as ‘Sweet Gum’, are deciduous trees that develop glorious yellow, orange, red and burgundy maple-like autumn leaves even in mild climates. They can be large trees, suitable for very large gardens and parks. Slightly smaller varieties are also available, however they still require lots of room and need to be planted away from paths and structures as their roots can be invasive..

How to grow liquidambars in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well. In areas with acidic soil, increase the pH by applying some Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite, which helps create a more alkaline soil which lilacs prefer.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers.


Growing tips

  • Prefers cool-temperate and cold climates
  • They do not do well in clay soils or heavy shade

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