About

Chinese Sweet Gum

The Chinese sweet gum (Liquidambar orientalis) is a deciduous tree native to southwestern Asia, particularly the eastern Mediterranean region and parts of Iran and Türkiye. It’s a medium-sized tree that can reach heights of about 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 meters) with a rounded canopy.
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The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and star-shaped leaves that turn brilliant red, orange, and purple in autumn. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers.


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The Produce

The tree produces small, spiky fruit clusters that contain seeds. The sap of the Chinese sweet gum can also be used to produce a type of aromatic gum resin.


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The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by spiky, spherical fruit capsules.


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The Leaves

One of its notable has is its lobed leaves, similar to those of a maple tree, which turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and purple in the autumn.


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The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply furrowed, becoming more rugged with age.


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The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in parks and large gardens.


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The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.


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The Culture

Valued for its striking autumn foliage and ornamental appeal. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


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Fun Facts

Chinese Sweet Gum is known for its vibrant autumn colors and its spiky fruit capsules.


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