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Mark, Sweet Gums are deciduous. They lose their leaves in the fall/winter.
This sweetgum variety grows best in sunny landscapes in USDA zones 6 - 9.
As jean says, it"normal". In a climate such as yours, deciduous trees bring a bit of 'fall color' to the landscape, which might not otherwise change one bit from season to season. You're lucky to have such a tree. May 20, One way to identify sweetgum trees in a landscape is by their leaves in the fall. Typically, sweetgum trees are the last of the deciduous trees to drop their leaves. The tree’s spectacular foliage fall colors set sweetgums apart from other deciduous trees.
Also, in spring, sweetgum trees are usually the last of the deciduous trees to produce leaves. Phytophthora basal rot affects the sweet gum tree and also rhododendrons, certain firs and maples, beeches and dogwoods. This type of rot causes roots to die, which can stunt the tree's growth and cause early fall colors of its leaves. Wood rot affects many tree species and they include mushroom-like fungi called shelf fungi, which protrude from the sweet gum tree's bark. In severe cases, wood rot can.
Aug 18, Flower and fruit: While its flowers are insignificant, the fruit of sweetgum is a defining feature - clusters of long-stemmed, spiked balls persist through winter. Leaf: Starfish-shaped, glossy leaves, bright green with a sweet smell.
On a single tree, leaves may be yellow, red and purple in fall. Nov 28, Liquidambar or Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is my top pick for fall color in the category of tall trees. It’s definitely a show-stopper!
When I was a kid, our house had two large Liquidambar trees in our front yard. I loved watching the green leaves change color each stumpdelimbing.barted Reading Time: 2 mins. Features star-shaped leaves with 5 lobes (occasionally 7) that are lustrous medium green in color, toothed along the margins and 4–7½" in length. Provides brilliant fall color, with leaves turning vibrant shades of yellow, orange, red and purple.
Yields long-stemmed, woody, burr-like fruit that is approximately 1½" in diameter. Jan 22, In fall, all we want to do is be barefoot in our yards, lay back and enjoy the sunshine and cool weather.
However, if you have sweet gum trees in your yard, think again! These beautiful trees come with quite the drawback.
Every fall they drop a heavy amount of spiky balls all over your stumpdelimbing.barted Reading Time: 2 mins.