Liquidambar styraciflua 'Lane Roberts'

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’

Sweet gum

  • Botanical name: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Lane Roberts'
  • Common name: Sweet gum
  • Family: Hamamelidaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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Sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua, is a gorgeous tree, native to North America. It bears attractive, cork-like bark and maple-like leaves which take on glorious and long-lasting autumn colours. It can reach an eventual height of 25m, so is best suited to large gardens.


Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’ is one of the most well known sweet gum cultivars available. Its leaves turn a fantastic, rich blackish-red in autumn.


For best results grow Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’ in rich, damp soil in full sun.

How to grow Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts'

  • Plant size

    25m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

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A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts' and wildlife

Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts' poisonous?

Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Liquidambar 'Lane Roberts'