About This Plant

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


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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