Liquid Amber | Drought Tolerant Trees

The Liquid Amber (Liquidambar styraciflua), also known as the American Sweet Gum is a brilliant, water wise, deciduous tree often grown for their amazing show of vibrant fall color and maple-like leaves. The ‘Sweet Gum’ as it is often referred, is a medium to large tree on average and grows in a symmetrical shape that crowns into a cone like shape. They thrive in full sun and are great around patios or when used as a centerpiece in many landscape styles.

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Water Needs

Wet to dry soil


Full sun to partial shade


80 feet

Canopy Width

40 feet

Growth Rate

24-36 inches per season




Large, prolific, brown, beige or mostly green capsule with winged seeds

Pest & Disease

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus and Verticillium; susceptible to Aphids, Caterpillars, Scales and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Chlorosis and Sooty Mold

Fire Resistance


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To learn more about creating a water wise landscape, check out our complete list of the best drought tolerant and drought resistant trees for North County San Diego. You can also contact our Certified Arborist to ask a question!

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