Liquidambar styraciflua – some of the best (and latest) Autumn colour at Kew Gardens

Liquidambar stryaciflua - Sweet Gum - with maple-like leaves morphing from rich green through yellows and amber. russet and red and to cherry-black. Just one more reason to visit Kew Gardens any time soon. An equal to the Japanese Maple for Autumn fireworks and best appreciated as specimen trees in larger landscapes - they will…

Like a Maple, but not a Maple….

Liquidambar styraciflua My feet take me, every autumn, to a small stand of liquidambars in the arboretum at RHS Wisley, trees which vie with the Japanese Maple for the bonfire colours they take on as the weather cools and the sun heads south. The yellow leaves are a fastigiate (slender, columnar, narrow) cultivar called Kirsten…