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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Festival'

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Liquidambar (lih-kwid-AM-bar) (Info)
Species: styraciflua (sty-rak-ee-FLOO-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Festival

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral kmom246 On May 14, 2006, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree has a symmetrical form, grows rapidly, and has star-shaped leaves. The fruit is 1-inch in diameter, round head made up of many capsules, each containing small, winged seeds. The fruit dry to prickly balls after releasing their seeds - you may have spray painted them gold in grade school to make ornaments with in the fall.

Although one should be able to grow these from seeds, all the ones I have seen at nurseries, Home Depot, etc. appear to be grafted. (The three that I have all had obvious graft union scars.)

Although mine are growing in zone 6b, they are reported to have excellent fall color even in warmer zones, such as zone 9. If you plan to purchase more than one, or if you have other trees with fall color, you may wish to purchase these in the fall so you can match the fall colors of the trees.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Anselmo, California
Silver Springs, Nevada
Mont Belvieu, Texas

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