Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'


Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' - Round-lobed Sweetgum

Tips for Homeowners:

Needs little pruning, but the few gum balls (fruit) that may appear might need to be picked after they fall from the tree in the winter.

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This tree is unique and beautiful with its pyramidal growth habit, the fall color and round-lobed leaves.

  • The degree of fall color varies widely each year
  • Considered fruitless
  • Good choice for warmer zones

A good choice for large yards.

Height: 60-70 ft
Spread: 20-30 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Sweetgum:

The sweetgum was named for its fragrant sap creating a gum-like substance that was used medicinally and for its lumber.  It is a good shade tree and should be planted where the attributes can be enjoyed, of course, but because the roots can lift sidewalks it is best to plant in wide open places. It will grow in poor soils as long as they are well-drained and moist, but acidic pH is best due to the tendency for chlorosis (yellowing leaves).  Hardiness is an issue if colder than Zone 5b or 6 so best to plant in a protected area.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Great Foliage
  • Fast Growing
  • Naturalizing
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained