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Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’

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A splendid new introduction to the United Kingdom, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' is an exceptionally narrow tree with good strong red and orange autumn colour. Once established, a 5 m tall specimen will have a spread of only 1 m.

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' is an excellent choice of tree for a garden with limited space.

Supplied Size: 3 or 4L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Slender Silhouette’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Slender Silhouette’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Liquidambar styraciflua  ‘Slender Silhouette’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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3 litres
4 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Moist, fertile soil. Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' 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: Moderate.
Habit: Eventually a medium sized tree with a very narrow, upright form.
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Spread: 2 m (6 ft)

Notes: The autumn colour of individual plants will vary according to weather and in particular the pH of your soil. The best, most vivid colours will occur in lime-free or acid soils. A liberal annual application of flowers of sulphur around the base of a Liquidambar, at a rate of up to 2 oz. per square yard on neutral or slightly alkaline soils will slowly lower the pH and intensify the autumn colour!

Plant Finder: about Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’


Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’. This tree has a tall, slender habit and glossy green leaves, which turn shades of orange and crimson red in the autumn. The flowers are insignificant but the fruits are golf-ball sized, brown and spiky.


They are temperate-climate plants, requiring sun or part-shade and fertile, deep, loamy soil with adequate water during spring and summer. They will not thrive in shallow, sandy soil. The trees are best allowed to develop their lower branches to ground level.

Interest and use

Grown for it's slender habit, which makes it suited to smaller gardens, as well as its autumn colour.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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