Liquidambar formosana
Common name: 
Formosan Sweetgum
Pronunciation: 
li-kwid-AM-bar for-mo-SAH-na
Family: 
Hamamelidaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous tree, 40-60 ft, (12-18 m).  Leaves, alternate, simple, distinct 3-lobed (middle triangular), margin finely serrate, glabrous above and usually downy beneath, purple-hue in spring then lustrous dark green, may show yellow in fall.  Stem emits a sweet-spicy odor when bruised. Yellow-green male and female flowers are on the same plant but at separate locations.  Female flowers form dense spherical clusters that develop into spiny fruiting ball-like clusters, 4 cm wide, which mature to dark brown and usually remain on the tree through the winter.
  • Sun. Prefers deep, fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6     Native to Taiwan and southern and central China.
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