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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' is often confused with:
Liquidambar styraciflua Liquidambar styraciflua
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Cotoneaster divaricatus Cotoneaster divaricatus
Hamamelis vernalis Hamamelis vernalis
Acer triflorum Acer triflorum bark

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'

Description

J.C. Raulston introduced the Fruitless Sweetgum tree in 1997. Unlike its parent, it doesn't produce or rarely produces those spiny, messy "gumball" fruits. It also grows slower and has a more open pyramidal shape. The leaves have the same 5 lobes but the tips are rounded rather than pointed. It is not as hardy as some of the species.

Fruitless Sweetgum requires full sun to partial shade. It tolerates sand, loam, clay, acidic, and well-drained soils. It has moderate drought and salt tolerance.  It can grow to 75 feet with a 40-foot spread. 

The leaves of the Fruitless Sweetgum turn deep purple in the fall (USDA hardiness zones 6 and 7) and early winter (USDA hardiness zones 8 and 9). It is native to the southeastern US.

Use as a campus or park tree, shade or large lawn tree. Do not plant near driveways or sidewalks due to the aggressive root system.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#large shade tree#shade tree#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#purple leaves#tree#moist soil#well-drained soil#acidic soil tolerant#fantz#deciduous tree#urban conditions tolerant#sandy soils tolerant#loamy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Liquidambar
    Species:
    styraciflua
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern US
    Distribution:
    Southeastern Us
    Dimensions:
    Height: 60 ft. 0 in. - 75 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Open
    Pyramidal
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmatifid
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    4-8 inch wide and long star-shaped leaves are alternate, simple and entire with palmate venation. The 5-lobes are rounded at the tips. Fall color is variable and can be yellow to reds.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Bark Description:
    The gray-brown bark is deeply furrowed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Corky Ridges
    Stem Description:
    Branches are covered with characteristic corky projections.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Salt