Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Palo Alto’

Palo Alto American Sweet Gum
Palo Alto American Sweet Gum
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size

Medium, Large

Mature Height & Spread

30-50′ x 15-20′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color

Yellow, Green

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Fall Color

Container Sizes

#5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

3-9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing deciduous tree with a narrow pyramidal growth-habit to 30-50’ tall x 15-20’ wide or taller with age. This long-lived variety features attractive maple-like bright green leaves turning vivid shades of orange-red and brilliant-red in the fall even in milder climates. Adding further appeal is the attractive furrowed bark that matures to a light-gray with age. Inconspicuous chartreuse-colored spring flowers are followed by 1-1 ½” round spiky seed pods that persist through fall which should be considered when choosing a planting location. This attractive variety tolerates a variety of soil types is resistant to Oak Root Fungus and is well-suited as a shade lawn park or street tree. Prefers regular watering in a well-drained soil and a full sun exposure.

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