Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'


Technical information

Height: 10 - 12m Width: 7 - 9m

Habit & Growth rate: A moderate to fast growing tree, the Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' exhibits a pyramidal growth habit becoming ovate and well-rounded as it matures.

Foliage: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' display mostly five deep-lobed star-shaped green leaves. Although similar looking, they differ from maple leaves in that they are alternately spaced on the shoots and not opposite. A stunning autumn tree, the Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon' can produce beutiful deep red and purple autumn colour. At various times of the year a multitude of colour can be seen as the tree displays bright red,green,yellow and purple colours all at the same time. Flowers are inconspicuous.


An extremely popular tree widely known for it's display of autumn colour. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil and climatic conditions but will perform best in a slightly acidic and moist soil with full sun to part shade. This tree will need to space to grow and planting near drains or water resevoirs should be avoided. This tree is best used for large spaces in public parks and open gardens. Great choice for specimen tree.  

Reference: Cassells Trees of Britain and Northern Europe © 2003
David More and John White

All plant dimensions are estimates only and ultimate size and growth rates will depend on growing conditions, particularly when used in some urban environments.