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Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree

Sweet Gum Trees

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

The glossy green, star-shaped foliage of 'Worplesdon' is more deeply lobed than some other varieties and will delight with a display of autumn colour that begins with yellow and orange, developing to vibrant claret red. The common name, alligator tree, is given due to the corky, fissured bark that is ideal for children to create bark rubbings.

This pyramidal tree will grow to 10 x 6 metres in 20 years when given a moist or damp soil in full sun where possible. One of the very best ornamental trees for autumn colour in our opinion.

AKA Sweet gum, Red gum, Satinwood. Alligator tree, Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree
45L pot 3.5 - 4.5m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £219.99 (ex. VAT)
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' Tree
55L pot 4.5 - 6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, approx 14-16cm girth £249.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. 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.

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. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All 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

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

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 then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Liquidambar Styraciflua Worplesdon trees

When planting Liquidambar trees, such as the 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 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 Styraciflua Worplesdon 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 'Worplesdon' Tree (Sweet Gum Trees) Description

  • Common name: Sweet gum tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Green star-shaped foliage, turning orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Grows best in well-drained, moist sites and is suited to most soil types