This is a large tree but can be kept small with pruning (in a large pot for example) and is ideal for bonsai. The palmately lobed leaves are bronze in Spring, green in the Summer and turn to a spectacular orange and red late Autumn. The grenade-like fruits gives an additional feature on older trees. Easy to grow and quite drought tolerant.
|Plant type||deciduous tree (leafless in Winter) with an upright or conical shape, spectacular Autumn coloration|
|Flower||yellow, small, not significant (but the developing grenade-shaped fruits are quirky enough to raise attention), open in May|
|Fruit||grenade-like, 2-3 inches wide, remain on the tree until mid-Winter|
|Position||full sun is best, it is good for the patio or a bonsai|
|Soil type||prefers a slightly acidic, rich, fertile but free draining soil|
|Rate of growth||fast|
|Height and spread||it reaches about 6-8m in 15 years with a spread of 4m, but it can be trimmed and kept at any height|
|Origin||native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America. Sweet gum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States, and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. Also known as American storax, Hazel pine, Alligatorwood|
|Pot size||8cm, 10-30cm tall (depending on season)|
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