Liquidambar orientalis
Common name: 
Oriental Sweetgum
Pronunciation: 
li-kwid-AM-bar or-i-en-TA-lis
Family: 
Hamamelidaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-30 ft (6-9 m), slow-growing, spreading to round headed. Large terminal bud, brown smooth stem, rough bark on trunk Leaves 5-lobed with the major lobes having one or two short-rounded "sub-lobes", margin coarsely toothed and glandular.  Flowers are monoecious (male and female) and yellow-green. Male flowers are in upright clusters.  Female flowers develop into spherical spiny fruiting clusters. Flowers and fruit may not be produced in the far northern areas of the growing range.
  • Sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7     Native to Turkey.   Wounding the trunk of Liquidambar orientalis trees by gradually stripping ¼ of the total trunk lengthwise, results in the emergence of a thick, aromatic sap.  Dilution of the sap followed by steam distillation produces a light yellow oil; this is called Levant styrax which used in medicine, perfumery and soaps.
  • Amenable to bonsai
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