Liquidambar formosana at Roath Park Botanic Garden

Liquidambar formosana 0

Liquidambar formosana
late April 2015

Liquidambar formosana 1

Liquidambar formosana
early September 2015

Liquidambar formosana 2

Liquidambar formosana
early November 2015

Liquidambar formosana 3

Liquidambar formosana
early January 2016

Grid reference ST 18524 79076
Common name Chinese sweet gum
Origin South China and Taiwan
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 10.5M April 2015
Girth 117cm April 2015
Reference 202

This tree is roughly mid way along the east border of the Rose Garden.

Liquidambar formosana bark

Liquidambar formosana bark
April 2015

Liquidambar formosana foliage

Liquidambar formosana foliage
late April 2015

Liquidambar formosana flower

Liquidambar formosana flowers
mid May 2016

Liquidambar formosana fruit

Liquidambar formosana fruit
early August 2015

Liquidambar formosana fruit2

Liquidambar formosana fruit
early August 2015

Liquidambar formosana fruit3

Liquidambar formosana mature fruit
late December 2019

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.