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Liquidambar Styraciflua Lane Roberts also called Sweetgum Lane Roberts, is a deciduous tree that is a selected clone of the Sweet Gum that grows throughout the eastern United States. It is typically much smaller than its parent the American Sweetgum tree. Usually for their attractive foliage which takes on brilliant and long-lasting autumn colour. Lane Roberts is one of the most reliable for its autumn colour which is rich blackish-crimson red.
Liquidambar Styraciflua Lane Roberts has maple-like leaves that are deeply lobed and brilliant green. Each leaf usually has five to seven lobes. In fact, it is frequently mistaken for a maple tree. It does produce insignificant flowers followed by burr-like fruit clusters. The tree’s bark is smooth and grey. In the autumn, the foliage turns a brilliant blackish crimson hue that is truly stunning. It makes an outstanding shade tree.
Height and Spread of Liquidambar styraciflua Lane Roberts This tree grows in a pyramid shape to a height of 7 to 12 meters with a canopy width of about 7 meters. It usually develops a broad crown.
How Hardy is the Sweetgum Lane Roberts? Sweetgum Lane Roberts is hardy to a UK plant hardiness zone 5 which means it is full hardy even in very cold winters.
How to Use the Liquidambar styraciflua Lane Roberts This tree is an outstanding landscape specimen. It is also a great shade tree. Plant it somewhere that you can enjoy its dazzling autumn hues.
How to Care for the Liquidambar styraciflua Lane Roberts Plant this tree in full sun to enjoy outstanding autumn colours. The tree will grow in partial shade but its autumn foliage hues may not be as bright. It prefers moist acidic loam that is rich in organic content. After planting, keep the tree’s roots evenly moist to encourage growth. Even after the tree is established, it does not tolerate drought well.
Sweetgum Lane Roberts is sure to dazzle all onlookers during the autumn months when its leaves are strikingly coloured. Plant the tree in a location where you can truly enjoy its unique beauty.