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Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gum Ball’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A remarkable form of sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum ball' with a 'lollipop' shape and a dense, compact, bushy head of branches. The leaves are green, turning vivid shades of orange-red in autumn before falling. A striking cultivar, very suited for small gardens.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (25 - 40 cm tall)

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Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Gum Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Gum Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Gum Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liquidambar styraciflua 'Gum ball' will grow well in most areas but will produce its most bright and vivid autumn colour in lime free or acidic soils.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Young plants can suffer die back after very severe late spring frosts, but usually recover well.
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Habit: Very small tree or even a shrub with a compact, densely branched head.
Height: 2.5 m (8 ft).
Spread: 2 m (6 ft).

Notes: Our plants are usually sold at the size stated above. Larger plants grafted onto tall straight stems (up to 6 - 7 ft tall) are available to order in autumn/winter. These are much more expensive but give this Liquidambar a more architectural appearance - featuring a straight main trunk and a rounded, bushy head once established. These larger plants are significantly more expensive and may take several weeks to become available. They are also too large to be delivered by our mail order service and need to be collected from our nursery.

Plant Finder: about Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gum Ball’

Common names

Sweet Gum 'Gum Ball'


Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gum Ball’ (Sweet Gum 'Gum Ball'). This is a dwarf Liquidambar with bushy round crown. The 'Gumball' cultivar is grafted onto another Liquidambar styraciflua to produce a 'lollypop' shape. Leaves are fresh green, turning bright shades of orange and red in the autumn.


These trees prefer lime-free soils to bring out their best colours.

Interest and use

Grown for autumn foliage, and ideal container plants particularly as a way of growing them in acid soil to enhance that effect, if garden soil is too alkaline. Grown also for their lollipop shape.

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Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Gum Ball’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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