Liquidambar styaciflua – American Sweetgum

This is a vigorous, deciduous climbing vine that can reach 20M. Large rounded leaves which turn fiery shades of red, gold and orange in autumn.

L. styraciflua is a relatively common plant in coastal Tasman. However, it will pass un-remarked through most of the year – until it has its moment each autumn. And then, it can be casually mistaken for a Maple or Scarlet Oak, both of which are also found here.However the leaf colours light up in a way that Oak really doesn’t and develop from apricot through to claret-purple in a way that Maple doesn’t.

Click here to view the Liquidambar styraciflua page in Karin’s Garden.