Liquidambar styraciflua at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

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Liquidambar styraciflua
February 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua 1

Liquidambar styraciflua
mid May 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua 2

Liquidambar styraciflua
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 18705 78640
Common name Sweet gum
Origin East USA to Nicaragua
Deciduous Yes
Height 18M February 2015
Girth 208cm February 2015
Reference 84

This tree is beside the bridge over the brook. It is thought to be part of the original planting of the park in the early 1890s.

Liquidambar styraciflua bark

Liquidambar styraciflua bark
May 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua leaf

Liquidambar styraciflua leaf
early June 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua leaf2

Liquidambar styraciflua autumn leaves
mid October 2015

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Liquidambar styraciflua autumn leaves
early November 2015

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Liquidambar styraciflua mature fruit
late December 2019

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.