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Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree

Columnar Sweet Gum Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This extremely narrow ornamental tree is a relatively new introduction to the UK from America. This Sweet Gum tree really lives up to its name. Growing to approximately 6m in height in 20 years, this columnar tree will achieve a spread of just 1 metre which makes it the perfect small garden tree where height is desirable but room for spreading branches is limited. The polished foliage is attractive lush green throughout the Spring and Summer before turning vivid shades of purple, red and orange in the autumn. The Columnar Sweet Gum is ideal for use as a focal point in the garden, great for breaking up the appearance of ugly buildings and perfect for planting in rows, to create a formal avenue.

Given a moist, damp, or a moist but well-drained soil, in full sun if possible, this fabulous ornamental tree will withstand, once established, periods of drought and temporary flooding. The striking autumn colour, strong architectural form and hardiness of Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette makes it a very popular small ornamental tree.

AKA Columnar sweet gum, Columnar red gum, columnar Satinwood, Columnar Alligator tree, Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette, Liquidambar Slender Silhouette, Sweet Gum Slender Silhouette

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree
12L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree
28L pot 2.5 - 3.0m Standard Tree approx 8-10cm girth £159.99 (ex. VAT)
Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery timescales

99% of deliveries made within a week of placing the order (other than agreed pre orders) and many are despatched on the day we receive the order.  There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because normal "next day" carriers find them too large to handle so we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!). 

Gift trees required for arrival on a specific date (or indeed any tree required for delivery on a specific date) can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge - we normally plan to deliver a day or two before the special day just to be on the safe side and although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order unless we contact you (normally just the most mature trees where the driver may need help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle).  You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email.

Trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery costs

Orders for our popular range of 1.5/2.0m height trees to UK mainland ex Highlands have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (Highlands charge will be applied in the check out).  Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat (again Highlands charge applied in the check out).  On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees (or hundreds of trees if you wish) for the same delivery cost.  Highlands charges start to get a bit expensive if you require several trees which our customers in the Highlands will be well aware of - we wish we could help more but you're such a long way from Yorkshire!

Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and cost varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more, and particularly if you are planting a good number of trees, it works out to be really economical.  Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.

Planting Advice for Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette trees

When planting Liquidambar trees, such as the Columnar sweet gum tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown liquidambar trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Columnar Sweet Gum trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. A point to note, if you are mowing your grass, nearby a liquidambar tree, it is best to remove any seedballs first. These can cause a problem for the lawnmower blades. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Liquidambar Slender Silhouette trees

Sweet gum trees do not require regular pruning however you can still trim your liquidambar tree if it looks a little untidy. The ideal structure is for one central leader, so if you see any competing branches, remove the weakest along with any suckers. The best time of year to prune a liquidambar tree is between January and February.

Liquidambar Styraciflua Slender Silhouette Tree (Columnar Sweet Gum Trees) Description

  • Common name: Columnar sweet gum tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 1 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Green spring foliage that turns purple, red & orange in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to well-drained, moist sites and most soil types