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