One of the best trees for autumn colour, Liquidambar styraciflua is a large, slow-growing deciduous tree with a pyramidal crown and attractive grey, fissured bark. Twigs and branches sometimes have corky ‘wings’. The leaves are mid-green and glossy with 5-7 lobes, like a maple’s; in autumn they turn brilliant shades of purple, crimson and orange Easy to grow, but will not thrive on chalky soils or in extremely cold areas. Tolerates urban pollution.
These ones have been grown on an espaliered / Pleached frame 140cm high and 100cm wide to make the most of that Autumn display.