Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gold Dust®'



Tips for Homeowners:

Needs little pruning, but the gum balls (fruit) might need to be picked after they fall from the tree in the winter.  The fruit can create an unsightly mess and it can also create a hazard for human traffic.  The tree will generally not produce fruit for the first 20-30 years.

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The star-shaped leaves have interesting variegated foliage that intensifies as the season progresses to its final amazing display of color in the fall.

  • Pyramidal form
  • Variegated green leaves flecked with gold
  • Kaleidoscope of color on fall foliage

Plant in large yards or parks. Best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 50-60 ft
Spread: 25-35 ft
Zone: 5-9
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 so best to plant in a protected area.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen
  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained