A closeup of the star-shaped, deep green foliage of the Worplesdon Sweetgum.
A closeup of the Worplesdon Sweetgum foliage, showing of the bright red and orange fall color
A closeup of the Worplesdon Sweetgum foliage, showing of the bright red and orange fall color
A single, dark red fall colored leaf belonging to the Worplesdon Sweetgum on a white background
A closeup of the star-shaped, deep green foliage of the Worplesdon Sweetgum.
A closeup of the Worplesdon Sweetgum foliage, showing of the bright red and orange fall color
A closeup of the Worplesdon Sweetgum foliage, showing of the bright red and orange fall color
A single, dark red fall colored leaf belonging to the Worplesdon Sweetgum on a white background

Worplesdon Sweetgum

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

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This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only.

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  • Glossy, leathery foliage is star-shaped with five to seven lobes
  • In spring and summer, the dark green foliage creates a gorgeous, lush canopy
  • In the fall, leaves transition to hues of red, orange, yellow, and purple 
  • Spiky seed pods, or 'gumballs', that appear in fall attract wildlife
  • Gray-brown cork-like adds interesting texture to a landscape
  • Low maintenance and easy care
  • Wonderful option for a colorful shade tree, to line your driveway, or in wildlife landscapes
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 30-50' tall
  • Mature Width: 25-35' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 30-35' apart

Why plant Worplesdon Sweetgum?

A well deserved, award-winning tree, the Worplesdon Sweetgum puts on a show season to season! Large glossy green foliage takes the stage in spring, dotting the branches in stars. While inconspicuous dainty yellowish flowers surprise you in summer, followed by clusters of bristly gumballs that hang on the tree like ornaments through winter. Corky gray bark is present year round, but gives you stellar appeal in winter. Now for the award-winning fall display of fiery reds, burnt oranges, vivid purples, and yellows painting the tree all through Autumn in beauty! The festive fall foliage colors is what will cause you to have stars in your eyes as your landscape will be glowing!

In the early 1900’s, a Sweetgum tree at Kittyhawk stood quietly by watching Wilbur and Orville Wright develop flight as we know it today. I imagine the young tree rooting (no pun intended) for them as they experimented with kites, gliders and eventually airplanes. Perhaps the tree even cheered as they successfully flew the first heavier-than-air powered plane on December 17, 1903 in that field in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first commercial flight was scheduled in Tampa, Florida in 1914. Today at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, a seedling from the original Sweetgum tree was planted in honor of the Wright Bros.

How to use Worplesdon Sweetgum in the landscape?

Sweetgums are fast growing and best recognized by their star-shaped leaves. You might also recognize their spiky ball-shaped seedpods, you usually see them scattered on the ground – a good reason not to plant this tree along a sidewalk or by your patio. The strong branching structure on this tree gives it an amazing architecture as the perfect shade tree. Worplesdon Sweetgum is the new family tree to capture memories under; for picnics, summer naps in its shade, and joyful photos of memories in full color!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

How To Plant Worplesdon Sweetgum

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

After you initially plant your Sweetgum, you will want to water it slowly, deeply, and thoroughly. Continue to do so for the first growing season every two to three days as this helps your tree become established in your garden.

How To Fertilize

When planting, we recommend using the Bower & Branch Starter Plant Food on your new tree. Continue to fee your tree each spring and fall for the first three years to ensure that you tree has all the nutrients it needs to establish itself in your landscape.

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 we call “limbing up” your tree. Other than limbing your tree up, you should prune to remove any damaged or dead branching.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-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 you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

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


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large 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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