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Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
The star-shaped dark green leaves of the Slender Silhouette Sweetgum on a white background
Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
A closeup of a mature Slender Silhouette Sweetgum's foliage beginning to show the yellow fall color
The Slender Silhouette Sweetgum planted along a fence, beginning to show a little yellow fall color mixed in the dark green leaves
Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
A large Slender Silhouette Sweetgum planted in landscape against a two story red brick home
The red, purple, yellow and green fall foliage of the Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
The star-shaped dark green leaves of the Slender Silhouette Sweetgum on a white background
Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
A closeup of a mature Slender Silhouette Sweetgum's foliage beginning to show the yellow fall color
The Slender Silhouette Sweetgum planted along a fence, beginning to show a little yellow fall color mixed in the dark green leaves
Slender Silhouette Sweetgum
A large Slender Silhouette Sweetgum planted in landscape against a two story red brick home
The red, purple, yellow and green fall foliage of the Slender Silhouette Sweetgum

A STAR-STUDDED TIDY TREE WITH WONDERFUL FALL COLOR

FEATURES:

  • Unbelievably narrow and pencil thin growth habit makes this a wonderful option for a privacy screen
  • Kaleidoscope of fall colors - red, yellow, purple, and orange
  • Star-shaped, glossy leaves start out as a dark green
  • Plant as a specimen tree, along a fence line or in a narrow location 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 60' tall
  • Mature Width: 6' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 4-8' apart

Slender Silhouette Sweetgum

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette'

Regular price $425.00
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Why the Slender Silhouette Sweetgum?

Slender Silhouette Sweetgum is a whiplash-inducing tree. Plant at your own risk! You won’t find anything quite like this fun, quirky tree. Slender Silhouette rises to 60 feet in height, like any Sweetgum, but it only gets 6 feet wide. No, that’s not a typo! In fall, this tree trades its green leaves for the typical Sweetgum kaleidoscope of purple, red, orange, and yellow. Slender Silhouette is a fast-growing tree that’s easy to maintain. It does produce those spiky “gumballs,” but politely drops them in a tidy circle, where you can easily gather them up. Plant a single specimen to express your sense of humor, or plant a row along your property line for a cool, super-skinny screen.

Fourth-generation nurseryman Don Shadow is always on the lookout for plants doing interesting things, but he wouldn’t have had to be an expert plantsman to notice this guy—the original Slender Silhouette was 60 feet tall and only 3 feet wide when he found it growing by the railroad tracks. Don also has a passion for unusual animals and raises 60 different species (several of them endangered) on his Winchester, Tennessee farm. Ever heard of an eland? A gayal? He’s also got camels, buffalos, wallabies, alpacas, yaks—even a zonkey!

How to use in the landscape?

The star-shaped leaves gives this Sweetgum away. Never thought you could plant one in your small space? Think again! This Sweetgum is a narrow grower, hence the Slender Silhouette name. The same gorgeous fall color and the same spiky gumballs appear in fall, just a more slender specimen. Perfect for smaller yards, narrow spaces or specimen planting.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

Sweetgums are really fast growing and best recognized by their star-shaped leaves. You might also recognize their spiky ball-shaped seed pods, you usually see them scattered on the ground – a good reason not to plant this tree along a sidewalk or by your patio. Sweetgums like to be planted in full sun and they are really tolerant of all soil conditions. This is one easy-to-grow tree! Sweetgums are almost pest-free. Some common pests are borer and webworm. Most of the time when a pest problem occurs, it is because the tree has become stressed. Proper tree care and maintenance will usually rule out most future problems with insects or diseases.

How To Water

They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

During fall, feed your Sweetgum Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

As your tree grows, you might need to prune off some of the lower branches if they are growing too low on the trunk, this is what I like to call “limbing up” your tree.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-9

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How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).

How?

Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat

3-YEAR-TREE GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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