The sweetgum tree, also known as redgum or Liquidambar styraciflua, is a member of the witch hazel family (Hamamelidaceae). It is a fast growing tree with good fall foliage.
Redgum trees are large, over 100 feet tall, and have a cone-shaped crown that rounds when mature. There are star-like leaves, 4 to 7 inches wide, with spiny fruits. It is a deciduous tree, meaning the leaves will fall each autumn.
This tree likes to be grown in full sun to a filtered shade in moist, well-drained soils. It is slightly drought-resistant.
The sweetgum tree is hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 9.
Propagate the Liquidambar styraciflua via seeds.
Fruits from the sweetgum are spiny and the limbs can drop off easily. It needs a lot of cleanup maintenance and it can grow and spread quickly, leading it to be a pest tree.
This tree is well-loved by the yellow-bellied sapsucker bird, as is evident by the rows of square holes in the tree bark.