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Liquidamber orientalis

Liquidamber orientalis (Oriental sweetgum, Turkey sweetgum)

is a tall fully hardy perennial deciduous tree with cream flowers in mid Spring. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. It looks best in Autumn and Summer.


Liquidamber orientalis grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5). It is adapted to clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a rounded tree has a fast rate of growth has an ultimate height of 9m / 29.5ft and spread of 5m / 16.4ft. It can take 16-20 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and yellow and orange in Autumn.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


Architectural, attractive foliage, low maintenance and specimen/accent plant.

Fruit and seed

The fruit is green. There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Winter.



-12°C / 10.4F 5 to 7.5 16-20 years 9m / 29.5ft 5m / 16.4ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Liquidamber
Specific epithet ? orientalis
Common names
Oriental sweetgum (Ireland), Turkey sweetgum (Ireland)
IPNI details on Liquidamber orientalis
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