Silver King Sweetgum Tree
Silver King Sweetgum Leaf
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Silver King Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1213
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Silver King Sweetgum Tree
Silver King Sweetgum Leaf
Silver King Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1212
Silver King Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1213

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Silver King Sweetgum
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silver King'

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Silver King Sweetgum (or “Sweet Gum”) is a fresh take on our beloved native Sweetgum tree, with many of the great features of the original, plus white-margined variegated leaves. This noble shade tree will afford you some cooling relief from the summer sun and give you a nice spot for a picnic table or outdoor sitting area. When frosty weather begins to move in, Silver King’s foliage will turn muted shades of rose and yellow, while keeping that crisp white border. Finches will love the seeds they pick out of the spiky fruits, or “gumballs,” in winter, and the crafter in your family will also appreciate the gumballs, which look striking in dried arrangements.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Sweetgum is a New World tree with an expansive natural range from Connecticut to Missouri and South to Central America, though the fossil record indicates that before the last Ice Age, it also grew in Siberia and Northern Europe.  A fantastic ornamental tree, it has done even more globe-trotting with the help of humans.  No one seems to know when or where or by whom the variety ‘Silver King’ was found, though the presence of some rather large specimens in Europe hint that it might be traced to there—Mid-Twentieth Century?

The Details

The good ol' Sweetgum is unique enough, but now this cultivar is simply spectacular! The same star-shaped foliage and corky bark as the native species - only this stunner has variegated leaves. Green foliage with creamy white margins! As summer ends, you will notice a flush of pink come over the leaves - quite a unique coloring. Silver King Sweetgum stands up to the heat well and will produce the best foliage color in full sun.

How to Grow

Green chlorophyll in leaves is what makes trees grow, so the smaller proportion of green in Silver King’s foliage makes it slower growing than other Sweetgums.  You’ll want to care for it the same as any other, though:  Don’t be stingy with the irrigation, and give it all the sun you can.  Do Mountain Laurels and Rhododendrons grow wild in your area?  If so, you have acid soil, and your Sweetgum will be pleased.  Shallow roots prevent extensive underplantings, so stick with a skirt of mulch or drought-tolerant groundcovers.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 40'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green/White
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Pink
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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Silver King Sweetgum Tree
Silver King Sweetgum Leaf
Silver King Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1212
Silver King Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1213