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