Sweet Gum – Liquidambar styraciflua Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Sweet Gum Botanical Name: Liquidambar styraciflua, lik-wid-AM-bar sty-ra-se-FLU-a Decorative Life: 1-2 weeks. Flower Color: Orange, Red, Yellow Availability: Fall, Summer Family Roots: Member of the Hamamelidaceae (witch hazel family). Native from Connecticut to Florida, down to Central America. Three not so common and one common family members are Fothergilla, Loropetalum, Parrotia and witch hazel. Personality: Leaves are to 4 inches across, with 3-5 pointed lobes along woody branches. Branches are woody, often with corky wings, cut to various lengths. Plant is a deciduous tree, classed as a dicotyledon. Can produce resinous fragrance if leaves are crushed. Storage Specifics: 34-38F. Tidbits: From the Latin “liquidis” (liquid) and “ambar” (amber), referring to the yellow colored resin obtained from the bark. The fruits are decorative, pendulous, globe-shaped and spiny. The specific epithet name “styraciflua” means flowing with a gum called storax or styrax, important in medicine and perfumery.