Dincher & Dincher Tree Surgeons

Featured Tree

Featured Tree

Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

This species is mainly planted for fall color as shown in the photo. It is native to the Middle Atlantic and Southeastern US. It is somewhat cold hardy in our area provided they were grown at a northern nursery. Sweet Gum matures as a large specimen 85-90 feet tall. The tree is best suited as a park specimen, or lawn tree, but has also been used as street tree plantings. The fruit is a dry spiny capsule which can be nuisance to clean up, especially street trees. In northern areas the tree is susceptible to snow and ice damage. The root system is also quite aggressive and can cause sidewalk problems. Sweet Gum is best left for use in large open areas.