Plant Care American Sweetgum

American Sweetgum

About American Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua, or Sweetgum, is a valuable tree found in wet river bottoms, in swamps that frequently flood, and on drier uplands throughout the South Eastern United States. It's a deciduous tree that may grow 80 to 120 feet tall with a diameter of 4 feet or more. It has a shallow root system and should be planted in spring.


Liquidambar styraciflua

Also known as

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

How to care for American Sweetgum


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

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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 🚫.

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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.

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:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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