LIVE PLANT/TREE SEEDLING TYPE: LOT OF LIVE PLANTS 5"-10" size range (see drop down menu options for amount of plants you will receive)

Provides brilliant fall color, with leaves turning vibrant shades of yellow, orange, red and purple. Yields long-stemmed, woody, burr-like fruit that is approximately 1½" in diameter. Grows in a pyramidal shape, becoming more oval or rounded with age. Needs plenty of space for root development.

How long do sweet gum trees live?
Liquidambar styraciflua is a medium-sized to large tree, growing anywhere from 50–70 feet (15–21 m) in cultivation and up to 150 feet (46 m) in the wild, with a trunk up 2–3 feet (0.61–0.91 m) in diameter, on average. Trees may live to 400 years.

American Sweet Gum Live TREE Sapling Organic Naturally Grown

$19.95 Regular Price
$17.96Sale Price
  • Do sweetgum trees have deep roots?
    Plant trees 8 to 10 feet or more from curbs. Some communities have large numbers of Sweetgum planted as street trees. Much of the root system is shallow (particularly in its native, moist habitat), but there are deep vertical roots directly beneath the trunk in well-drained and in some other soils.

    What are sweet gum balls good for?
    The infertile seeds of the sweet gum ball contain shikimic acid, which is also contained in the same tree used to make Tamiflu. These trees are also ideal for reforestation projects because they grow quickly and are resistant to insects. The wood is great for timber because of its gorgeous interlocked grain. The seed pods are often used in crafting projects or placed in jars and as bowl fillers for decoration. The spiked balls can be used as plant defense in the garden as many critters, esp raccoons, do not like to step on the spiked balls.

    "Witches Burrs" are associated with protection because they are seed pods that have evolved to grow these spikes to protect the next generation of the plant.

    They are said to keep negativity away, bring good luck, be used in breaking curses and hexes, and keep unwanted company away from yourself and your home.

    In a way, you can kind of think of it like black salt, grown from the earth, as they work very similarly.

    Are sweet gum trees good for anything?
    Sweet gum trees have various medicinal uses. Their fruit is effective against rheumatic pain. The bark has astringent properties and addresses dysentery and diarrhea. Gum resin from the trees has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties and has been used to treat bedsores, topical herpes and angina.

    Do any animals eat sweet gum balls?
    The fruit does provide food for forest animals such as squirrels, wood ducks, white tailed deer, mourning doves, beavers and birds. They are fast growing and resistant to insect attack which make them useful in land reclamation and reforestation projects. The Sweet Gum Ball Tree is also a very popular timber wood.

    TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW PLANT(s): Upon receipt, immediately soak roots in water for 2-3 hours then plant in your ideal location. Make sure to water daily, or as needed, if leaves look wilted and/or until it is established in it's new environment. Sometimes it is best to place in a 6"-8" pot of quality soil and let the root system get adjusted and strengthen, then transplant the whole pot of soil to your permanent location. Plants can get easily stressed when being relocated/shipped.

    ABOUT THESE LIVE PLANT(S)/TREE SEEDLINGS : LIVE PLANTS/TREE SEEDLINGS WILL BE CAREFULLY DUG UP, PACKAGED AND SHIPPED THE SAME MORNING THAT TRACKING NUMBER IS PROVIDED HERE ON ETSY WITH A SCHEDULED USPS PICKUP PLACED THE NIGHT BEFORE HAND. I will ship in minimal soil with roots in plastic bottle or wrapped, stretched wrapped around base to help avoid soil spillage. A small wood stick with stem/trunk twist tied will also accompany any plants where it is needed, to help keep them from possibly getting broken. Added packaging materials around the plant will also help to give it some support. What I will NOT do, is just throw "bare root" plants carelessly into a box and tape it shut. Your "baby" will be treated like I am shipping a small live "pet" across the country, with MUCH LOVE AND CARE! All live plants are grown right here on our Unique Creek Homestead!

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