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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

'Worplesdon’ sweetgum

Description

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ ('Worplesdon’ sweetgum) was selected from seeds from the United States, by the Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Worplesdon, England. The tree is stronger and better withstands the wet, windy climates in north-western Europe than the main species. ‘Worplesdon’ grows up to 15 metres high and has a semi-open, pyramidal crown.

In May, the cultivar blossoms with discrete, single yellow-green spikes. The palmate, beautifully cut leaves bud green and turn a gorgeous shade of orange, orange-red and red-violet hues in the autumn. Its autumn colour is consistent - one of the reasons for the tree’s popularity. In the autumn, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ bears small, brown-green capsules that stay on the tree for a long time. In its youth, the trunk is smooth, and furrows appear later on.

The ‘Worplesdon’ sweetgum can better withstand salty winds than the main species, but does then develop a compact crown with so-called short shoot. The tree prefers loamy, nutrient-rich soil, in a sunny environment for the best autumn colours. The tree can tolerate pavement, as well as wind, drought, heat, air pollution and brief floods. Thinning the tree once every 5 to 7 years is recommended; a crown that is too dense will lead to dead wood. Grafting the ‘Worplesdon’ can lead to delayed incompatibility; the species should always stand on its own roots.

Types of planting

Tree types

standard trees feathered trees multi-stemmed trees climate trees trees for climbing shade trees

Topiary on stem

fval block fval roof-trained fval espalier fval pleached

Topiary

espalier espalier pleached pleached

Use

Location

street avenue square car park / parking lot park central reservation large garden cemetery traffic areas, industrial zones bioswale

Pavement

none none open open sealed sealed

Planting concepts

climate planting prairie planting

Characteristics

Crown shape

pyramidal pyramidal

Crown structure

semi-open semi-open

Height

12 - 15 m

Width

8 - 12 m

Winter hardiness zone

5B - 10B

Aspects

Wind

slightly tolerant to wind slightly tolerant to coastal wind

Soil

loess sabulous clay peaty light clay sand loamy soil

Nutrient level

moderately rich in nutrients rich in nutrients

Soil moisture level

dry moist wet

Light requirements

sun partial shade

pH range

acidic neutral
4.5 - 7.5

Extreme environments

tolerates air pollution tolerates heat tolerant to short-term flooding

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Seasonal colours

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' seizoenskleur
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Flowers

Flowers

spikes heads discrete singular

Flower colour

yellow-green

Flowering period

April - May

Leaves

Leaf colour

green

Leaves

deciduous palmate laciniate

Autumn colour

orange red-violet

Fruits

Fruit colour

brown-green

Fruits

small capsule

Bark

Bark colour

grey

Bark

smooth, later on rough

Twigs

Twig colour

red-brown

Twigs

bare

Root system

Root system

deep shallow highly branched fleshy roots tap root on own root

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