|Grid reference||ST 15073 77706|
|Common name||Sweet gum|
|Origin||East USA to Nicaragua|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2017|
|Height||13M May 2017|
|Girth||222cm April 2017|
This tree is on the west edge of the Croquet Lawn.
General tree description
Liquidambar styraciflua can grow to around 30 metres tall. It has grey-brown bark with scaly ridges, and the twigs may have corky wing-like projections. The leaves are maple-like, five-lobed and glossy green, turning spectacular shades of red, yellow and purple in autumn. The fruits are spherical (around 3cm diameter) and spiky, hanging on the branches through the winter.