Tree Type: The American sweetgum—with its star-shaped leaves, neatly compact crown, interesting fruit and twigs with unique corky growths called wings—is an attractive ornamental shade tree. It has become a prized specimen in parks, campuses and large yards across the country. If you’ve got the space and are looking to add some fall color, this tree is a sure bet. The glossy green leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and purple in the autumn.


Growth Rate: Medium to Fast Growth Rate

Mature Size: Grows to a heights of 60'-75' and a spread of 40'-50' at maturity.

Sun Preference: Full Sun

Soil Preference:
 The American sweetgum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It has moderate drought tolerance.​

Zone: 5-9