Plant of the Week

Liquidambar styraciflua:

Every autumn, I look forward to one particular tree. Liquidambar styraciflua (commonly named the American red gum) reveals its beautiful autumn colours from October to December.

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A blaze of reds and purples at the bottom of the meadow, this deciduous tree has been planted as an isolated subject and can reach 15m high, preferring a part shade position and a moist but well drained soil. I also love its small, shy fruit, which hang on the branches during winter.

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Especially beautiful on a misty morning, I hope Gravetye guests will also enjoy this colourful tree.

Words and photographs by Martin

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One thought on “Plant of the Week

  1. Absolutely stunning colour!! This is one of the very few deciduous trees I can grow in my part of Australia that gives good autumn colour – but nothing like this one!! Looks like a giant bonfire!

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