Variegated Sweetgum Tree
Variegated Sweetgum Leaf
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Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 149
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Variegated Sweetgum Tree
Variegated Sweetgum Leaf
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 148
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 149
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1354

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Variegated Sweetgum
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Variegata'
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The American Sweetgum (or "Sweet Gum") tree is popular all over the world as a shade tree, but this variegated version doubles as a dazzling ornamental tree, too. Variegated Sweetgum's deep green leaves are so spattered and streaked with creamy yellow pigment, you might think it got too close to a banana smoothie when the lid flew off the blender! In fall, the leaves will put on a show for you when they take on pink, purple, and yellow tones, and in winter, the interesting spiky fruits (called "gumballs") will hang from the branches like an ornament. Planted as a showpiece in your front yard, this easy-to-grow native tree will sure have the neighbors talking!

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Sometimes a green-leaved plant will all of a sudden send out a branch with variegated leaves.  The new leaves may have white, yellow, or pink accents.  The variegation may be centered in the leaf, on the margins, or splattered all over like a painter’s dropcloth—as it is in this tree’s foliage.  Often the variegation is temporary (not “stable”), and after that one outburst the branch goes back to making plain green leaves.  Variegated Sweetgum has been stable since 1880, when it was first described by Dutch horticulturist C.G. Overeynder.

The Details

A tree with an attitude! Be the envy of the neighborhood with this magnificent specimen tree. It has an exciting display of yellow variegation within the star-shaped leaves. The show continues in the fall with the color changing purple to red to orange. The distinct horizontal branching and overall pyramidal form provides a notable look in the winter.

How to Grow

Variegated Sweetgum is a slow to moderate grower that prefers to be planted in areas of full sun and it will tolerate moist to wet soils. The Variegated Sweetgum also has no major pest problems. A yearly application of a medium rate fertilizer will start this tree out on the right foot. For about the first 3 years that this awesome tree is in your garden, apply this once a year application during the fall. The pruning requirements for your Variegated Sweetgum are minimal. One common practice with variegated varieties of plants is to prune off any branches or stems that do not emerge with the variegation. However, the foliage of the Variegated Sweetgum starts out as all green, the variegation does not develop until early summer.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 60'
Avg Mature Width 35'
Spacing 30-40'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green/Yellow
Fall Leaf Color Pink/Purple/Yellow
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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Size B Trees:

8-10' tall. Grown in our #15 tree container. At this size with well developed branching and full canopy.

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Variegated Sweetgum Tree
Variegated Sweetgum Leaf
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 148
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 149
Variegated Sweetgum Additional Product Shot 1354