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Mequon Campus Trees: American Sweetgum


Liquidambar styraciflua

American Sweetgum

described by Lauren Grove


Form (winter)


Trunk structure (winter)

 Arthritic branching

Spring buds May 22, 2019



Description:  Grows to be 60' to 80' high by 45' wide of a spread. This tree is a zone 5-9, so can do fairly well in Wisconsin, unless temperatures drop well below in the negatives which would cause bud loss and damage/dieback.


Winter Characteristics: A pyramidal shape that will round with age. The branches are deeply furrowed giving it an interesting texture for winter interest.


Spring Characteristics: The spring buds come out later than others, waiting for the temperature to rise enough to comfortably bud and leave out.




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American Sweetgum