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Plant Species of the genus Liquidambar

Information about this genus
Name: Liquidambar
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: These are large trees requiring plenty of room to develop and their site should be chosen carefully as they dislike transplanting. The spiky fruits, when they fall, may be a minor nuisance on lawns and paths. They require a sunny situation in a deep rich soil with plenty of moisture. Propagate from seed sown in autumn, softwood cuttings taken in summer or by layering.
Description: This genus comprises 4 species of tall deciduous trees found in North America, China and Turkey. They have an attractive conical form and palmately lobed leaves similar to those of maples but arranged spirally on the twig instead of in opposite pairs. In autumn the foliage changes color dramatically to many shades of orange, red and purple. The spring flowers are greenish and inconspicuous in small spherical heads, but the brown fruiting heads that follow are spiky and rather decorative. Liquidamber styraciflua has a number of cultivars selected for autumn color.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Liquidambar acalycina 7-10
Liquidambar formosana 7-10
Liquidambar orientalis 8-11
styraciflua 5-11

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