Monday, May 30, 2016

It's Liquidambar time!

"Sweetgum" in the United States, "Liquidambar" here in Australia.

Whatever you call it, Liquidambar styraciflua is putting on its magnificent autumn show right now in Perth. It's a great street tree and definitely deserves it's place at the top of the "good do-ers" list.

It's been much maligned over the years:

"It gets into sewer lines"….no, not since sewer lines changed from terracotta to plastic.

"Nothing grows under it"… just have mulch.

"It produces hard, round fruits which are a hazard"… clean them up during fruiting season.

This is the only big tree in Perth that produces autumn colour like this.

Add to that the fact that it's (a) disease-free, (b) tolerant of any soil conditions, (c) drought and heat resistant and (d) long-lived and you've got a tree you can't afford to ignore.

More power to it.

PS….this tree looks a bit wonky because one side has been pruned to clear powerlines

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