Liquidambar trees are wonderful shade trees if they’re in the right location. In the less-than-ideal spot, their intense roots and messy nature can prove to be quite high high maintenance. These are a prime example of why skilled plant placement matters, especially for the long-term value of a home! Not typically a tree we recommend planting, but the messiness can be absolutely worth the shade if you have a great one!
Not notably drought resistant, these typically need to be on your moderate watering schedule – especially if they’re on the younger side!
The awful little fruit they bear nearly all year are their worst trait – though the fruit is more of a pest to you than the tree. Near a patio, garden, or play area, these tough little ‘spikeyballs’ can cause a real menace of a mess.
Soil and Roots
These trees have strong root systems – great for the trees, but often spell trouble for homeowners when planted too closely to a house or foundation. We’ve seen them cause issues with in-ground pools, spas, patios, other solid surface foundations. The roots are often ground-level, and commonly break through concrete driveways and sidewalks.
Have questions, or need help pruning, planting, or caring for your plants and trees? Schedule a visit with one of our ISA Certified Arborists!