Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflua)


Liquidambar, also known as American sweetgum, is native to the eastern US, Mexico and Central America. It has beautiful fall foliage and interesting, spiky seed pods.

This tree was purchased online from Schley’s Bonsai in 2015. See for a video showing the initial wiring of the tree.

January 4, 2019:
The tree today.

March 27, 2015:
The tree as purchased, tentative front side.

March 27, 2015:
Tentative back side of tree.

March 28, 2015:
Initial repotting of tree into a large pot to encourage growth.

June 14, 2015:
First flush of new growth.

December 19, 2015:
Fall colors.

December 19, 2015:
Fall colors, opposite side.

January 16, 2016:
Hard branch-pruning after the first year.

September 18, 2016:
Second summer’s growth.

February 10, 2017
Tree structure visible after leaf fall.

February 10, 2017:
Tree structure opposite side.

January 7, 2018:

January 7, 2018:

March 11, 2018:
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