12 responses to “Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’”

  1. Bobbie

    Around here in East Texas people dislike them for the seed balls that roll underfoot in winter. Despite that Liquidamber is one of my favorite trees. In spring they are one of the last to bloom and thus a harbringer of when spring is “really” here. Summer brings nice green shade. In autumn the color is fantastic and shows quite a bit of variation from yellow to red to burgendy. Plus the combination of seed balls and starry leaves are reminescent of stars and planets. Winter brings those dratted sweet gum balls that the gold finches come all the way down here to feast on. To me, all in all a most perfect tree!

  2. dale hinton

    Green is gray and black
    Keen white composite like crack
    Gene panic attack?

  3. Beverley

    Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’ – Z5 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’ – Z6-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  4. Eric in SF

    Ouch ouch ouch – I remember stepping on the seed balls all year round as a kid – they hurt!

  5. Ron B

    British (Hillier Nurseries) introduction.
    “A selected clone and one of the most reliable for its autumn colour, which is rich blackish-crimson-red. Bark comparatively smooth.”
    –The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs.
    Being grown in North America by 1971.

  6. L

    Such interesting info for not bot!
    ps: “burgundy”, “reminiscence”

  7. Eric Simpson

    If you let your eyes cross while staring at the side-by-side pics above, you get a really wild pseudo-3D effect.

  8. Ron B

    If the two above pictures look side-by-side to you, your eyes really must be getting crossed!
    Specimen shown looks like the spot is too dry for it. Turf coming right in around it probably doesn’t help.

  9. Karen Vaughan, L.Ac.

    The sap from the liquidambar tree is collected from scored branches and burned like copal, to which it is related.

    Has anyone ever seen a winged form of liquidambar? I found one growing by the lake in Prospect Park Brooklyn, not in a location where you would expect a specimen tree. I thought it was diseased because the bark was exploding out in all directions. I later found a tree a quarter mile away that had a few branches with winged bark. Is this genetic or disease?

  10. crass

    Its pretty common for Liquidambar styraciflua to have corky “wings” on its branches
    http://rnrstreamer.lsu.edu/ecosystems/webtour/species/sweetgum/sweetgum.htm

  11. Jane Babraitis

    I think my liguidambar tree has a fungus/mold disease. It has small black spots on some leaves & there are batches of white that look like they are in the bark. Can you help know what to use to get rid of this & save my tree. Thank you very much.

  12. Daniel Mosquin

    Jane – please post on the forums – there is a link right above “Post a comment”.

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