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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gumball'

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Description

Seldom have we seen a more aptly named cultivar. This dwarf is truly a round "Gumball". Well worth having and as a bonus it has a great purple-red fall leaf color.

Multi-stemmed, globe-shaped shrub, rounded at the top and tapers to a wide base.  Not a street tree, this shrub sweetgum won't get over 6' but it will be as wide as tall. Grown for foliage. Regular-sized leaves; yellow, orange, red and purple fall color.  Best in moist, well-drained soil.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liquidambar
    Species:
    styraciflua
    Family:
    Altingiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Verticillium Wilt Resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Regular sized leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No