Plant Care American sweetgum
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American sweetgum

Also known as

Sweet gum, American storax, Hazel pine, Bilsted, Redgum, Satin-walnut, Star-leaved gum, Alligatorwood and Sweetgum

Taxonomy

Liquidambar styraciflua
Liquidambar
Altingiaceae
Saxifragales

How to care for American sweetgum

Water

How often to water your American sweetgum

Water needs for American sweetgum
0.5 cups
every 9

American sweetgum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of American sweetgum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for American sweetgum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American sweetgum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American sweetgum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American sweetgum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American sweetgum in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize American sweetgum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American sweetgum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American sweetgum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

American sweetgum is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for American sweetgum

American sweetgum

American sweetgum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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