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Worplesdon

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.

Worplesdon liquidambar trees for sale

  • 13-year pot-grown tree £39.95
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
  • 23-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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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.

History

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

Worplesdon characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsFree-draining site
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Annual cycleDeciduous