Another Perfect Plant: Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’

Happy New Year!  It's time for another perfect plant...

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A fine tree for a tight space in full sun or part shade, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’ is a narrow gem of tree, growing up to 60’ tall, but only 3-4’ wide. Though the species is known for dropping fruits in a wide circle around the tree, this cultivar, due to its tight frame, drops fruits in a tight, easy to clean up circle around the trunk. The tree was discovered by Don Shadow growing along a railroad track. The fall color is a mix of gorgeous reds, purples, yellows and oranges. The common name, sweet gum, probably refers to the Native American practice of hardening the sap into a chewing gum. Medicinally, the hardened sap has been used to treat dysentery as well as other ailments.  

References
USDA
Horticulture 
Canada Plants

Photo reference:
Broken Arrow Nursery

 

 

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