Northern Sweetgum, liquidambar styraciflua

Northern Sweetgum, liquidambar styraciflua
Item# DA-northernsweetgum
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 5000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - Missouri

The Northern Sweetgum, also known as Redgum or Sapgum is a fast growing hardwood. In early growth it is rapid growing, but the tree often falls behind other species after maturity. It flowers from March through May, producing very small green blossoms. Fruit are shaped like horny globes. At the least 25 species of birds, various squirrels and chipmunks eat the fruit. Tree begin to produce seeds after 20 or 30 years and continue to bear seeds until they are about 150 years old. Seed balls, under the best conditions, may hold up to 56 seeds. Sweetgum stumps and roots sprout easily, especially after the stem is killed, cut, or heavily damaged. Its distinguishing characteristics include star shaped leaves with 5-7 lobes, dark green in spring and summer and turning a brilliant gold to orange in autumn. Sweetgums can reach a height of 80-120 ft. Hardy to zone 4.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 24 hours. Stratification: Cold stratify for 30 days. Seeds may germinate during stratification. Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, press seed into the soil, cover seed, keep moist. Can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination. Seeds will also germinate without stratification, just soak in water for 24 hours and then sow seed 1/16" deep. Seedlings usually start appearing in about 2 weeks.