|Grid reference||ST 18524 79076|
|Common name||Chinese sweet gum|
|Origin||South China and Taiwan|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||10.5M April 2015|
|Girth||117cm April 2015|
This tree is roughly mid way along the east border of the Rose Garden.
General tree description
Liquidambar formosana can reach more than 20 metres in height, with a oval-rounded crown when mature and light grey bark. Its leaves are red-tinted in spring, becoming a matt deep green, and red again in autumn. They are palmate, with three lobes and serrated margins. The flowers are yellow-green, appearing in spherical clusters in April-May. Female flowers give way to gum balls, spherical spiny fruit clusters which mature in autumn to dark brown and may remain on the tree through the winter.