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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'

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

Synonym:Liquidambar barbata
Synonym:Liquidambar styraciflua f. rotundiloba
Synonym:Liquidambar styraciflua f. suberosa
Synonym:Liquidambar gummifera

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This fruitless cultivar can be planted where the other varieties can't---the species drops spiny fruit that can make for treacherous footing and has been cause for lawsuits. Fruitless forms can be planted as street trees and over walkways.

Fruiting branch sports of this cultivar have (rarely) been observed.

Positive Seedless On Apr 13, 2010, Seedless from Durham, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This tree grows very well in the Piedmont, NC. It establishes well after one season (transplant) and grows rapidly. This tree thrives in full sun, and it's unusual yet beautiful foliage holds well into the fall. A highly recommended narrow, pyramidal shaped shade tree that can be planted closer to the home.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 4, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree has excellent fall color. It requires good soil quality and needs considerable moisture. It's a great shade tree as the foliage is quite dense - and it grows rather quickly. It can reach a height of up to 100' in good growing conditions.


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

Morrilton, Arkansas
Charter Oak, California
Elk Grove, California
Manteca, California
San Diego, California
Valley Center, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Valley Lee, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Lexington, Virginia

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