About The Festival Sweet Gum Tree

Easy to care for native tree with beautiful, fall colors!

The Festival Sweet Gum tree is an excellent landscape choice for modern yards. This beautiful tree has a narrow upright growth habit making it a great option to line your driveway or to provide shade in smaller yards. Inconspicuous flowering of yellow-green and spiny seed gum balls start showing in spring.

This cultivar of Festival Sweetgum grows in a narrow pyramid to a height of probably 60 feet but supposedly spreads only to about 20 feet. This tree boasts a perfectly straight trunk and interesting, corky ridges that run all along the bark. But its most outstanding feature is the spectacular fall color. Glossy, star shaped green leaves turn red, yellow or orange in early fall.

Growing Sweet Gum Trees

This native tree grows best in more southern regions, where the display of colorful foliage is most appreciated. Although it grows at a moderate pace, Sweetgum is rarely attacked by pests and tolerates wet soils.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Zone Range 7 - 9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 40 - 60' tall x 15 - 25' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 7 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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