Sweet Gum (Liquidamber sty. Worplesdon) Screening Panel is an elegant deciduous tree, which has cut maple like leaves. It can sometimes be confused with the Japanese maples. These leaves are a vibrant mid green in the spring and when young have a menthol aroma if bruised. The plant comes into its own from September onwards with the most stunning autumn colour, starting yellow it turns to orange, red and finally purple, this we think is one of the best displays of any plant. In the winter it still has interest as the bark has corky structures on it. As a screening panel it gives some of the best coverage you can get from a young age due to the size and proliferation of leaves.
Sweet Gum (Liquidamber sty. Worplesdon) Screening Panel will grow well in most soils but prefers a moist, well drained soil and can tolerate a slightly alkaline soil. It has no problems with the varied northern European climate and cold and extreme rainfall.
The Royal Horticultural Society awarded this plant an award of garden merit in 1987 and 2002.
|ASPECT||Coast Exposed||Coast Sheltered||Inland Exposed||Inland Sheltered||Heavy Shade|
|HEIGHT||Less then 1m||1-2.5m||2.5-5m||Over 5m|
|SOIL||Heavy Clay||Medium Loam||Light Sandy||Peat||Acid||Alkaline||Poorly Drained|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||60cm per year|