Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesdon

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft

Worplesden is probably the most popular of the Sweet Gum or "Liquid Amber" trees. It is grown mainly for its pleasing conical appearance, and its very attractive autumnal foliage colours.

Worplesden resembles the popular North American maples, with its five-lobed leaves and spectactular autumn colours, but is not closely related to them.

Worplesdon trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 25th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
3-year Worplesdon tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
3-year Worplesdon tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Worplesden is a form of the Sweet Gum species Liquidambar styraciflua which originates from the the south eastern United States, and is often found near rivers, lakes and swamps - it likes most but well-drained soils. It is relatively fast growing, and likely to reach 6m-9m in UK conditions in the longer term.

For best autumn colours plant the tree in a sheltered spot in full sun. Worplesden gives a reliable autumnal display in UK conditions, but it is at its best in a good autumn when warm sunny days and cold nights bring out the leaf colours.

Worplesdon characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Open spaces Specimen planting
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
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