A popular ornamental tree, Liquidamber (Liquidamber styraciflua) is easily recognised by the combination of its five-pointed star shaped leaves and its hard spiked fruits. Also known as the Sugar Gum this stunning tree develops spectacular shades of orange red and purple leaves during autumn. A fast growing tree species.
Liquid Ambers prefer a position in full sun. Pruning will spoil their natural shape so avoid this if you can.
Supplied as a bare rooted tree seedling.
- Frost tolerant once established
- Require little water once established
- Suitable for areas with full sun
- Suitable for areas with part shade
- Grows 10m wide
- Grows to 21m high
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- Mild Tropical
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
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Delivery is normally via Australia Post with larger orders delivered via StarTrack Express* courier. We service virtually all areas of Australia with only those areas not serviced by these organisations being excluded (e.g. remote islands and Territories such as Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Cocos Islands, Groote Eylandt). We do not deliver outside Australia but happily deliver orders placed from overseas for Australian delivery. Our regular delivery charge for basic items is $9.90 Australia-wide, regardless of the number of items ordered. Due to their higher freight costs, bulky or heavy products such as roses, large pots and a small number of hard goods have higher delivery charges. The summary of all current delivery options is:
- Orders NOT containing Roses, 120mm and larger pots/grow-bags, Bare-rooted Trees, Composting Buckets, nor any items with individually specified delivery charges, all delivered at one time, will incur the normal $9.90 freight charge. These items are referred to as “Basic Items”.
- Orders containing bush Roses, 120mm up to 155mm pot/grow-bags, Composting Buckets, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $14.90 freight charge.
- Orders containing Trixie Fruit Trees, Dwarf Fruit Trees, Lilac Trees, Standard and/or Patio Roses, 160mm up to a 200mm pot/grow-bags, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $22.00 freight charge.
- Orders containing Bare-rooted Trees, Weeping Roses, Magnolias and other Larger items or pots/grow-bags greater than 200mm, together with other products delivered at the same time, will incur a $35.00 freight charge. Remote areas may incur an additional Freight charge but we will notify customers individually if this is the case.
- Orders containing products with explicitly stated delivery charges will incur charges as detailed in the individual product description.
- Some items may delayed due to climatic or growing habits prevent them from being harvested at the time of being offered for purchase. You will be offered a choice to wait until all items on your order are available or to receive what is currently available for an additional freight charge of $4.00.
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Common Name: BARE ROOTED TREES GENERAL CARE
General Information: Bare rooted trees are an ideal way of transporting items that would normally be too heavy and bulky, during a time when there is very little stress or damage to the plant. Deciduous trees shut down during winter, so this is an ideal time to dig them up and send them out. These quality trees are grown for two years from a planted or grafted tree, so plants are between 1 metre and 1.8 metres tall with a number of branches. For tree seedlings, plants are up to 1 metre tall, and have no branching.
When Your Plants Arrive: Undo the parcel carefully and place the roots in tepid water and soak overnight or at the very least, a few hours. Inspect the roots thoroughly and if there are any that are ragged or broken, trim them with a sharp pair of clean secateurs. Plant the following day; do not let the roots dry out. If the plants arrive in advance of your desired planting time they should be heeled-in. If there is more than one plant to trim, dip secateurs in a solution of bleach and water, or methylated spirits or the like to disinfect them before using them on the different plants.
Heeling-in: To keep bare rooted trees longer than a few days they should be “heeled-in”. Select an open space in the garden, dig one large hole and plant all your bundled bare rooted trees in it and firm down soil. Water in well. They will keep for several weeks if kept watered. Alternatively, plants can be placed into moist potting mix or potted up until a permanent place is ready for the plant.
*NOTE: IT IS MOST IMPORTANT NOT TO LET THE ROOTS DRY OUT AT ANY STAGE OF PLANTING.
Planting: The ideal time for planting bare root trees is during the winter months. Please note, generous watering will be necessary for the first few months until the plants have grown sufficient roots to sustain the foliage. If normal winter/
spring rains are light make sure plants receive supplementary watering- this may mean a bucket of water per day every day until the plant has grown foliage. Check the moisture level around the roots to ascertain if this is required. It should
be moist, but not wet at all times. The proposed bed should have been dug over many times prior to planting ready for the plants. A thorough cultivation at the time of planting is a bare minimum. Dig a hole twice as wide as would be necessary to take the roots, and a little deeper, then lightly fill some of the hole in, leaving a mound on which to spread out the roots, which should be placed down and outwards over the small mound at the bottom of the hole. Cover with soil and firm down moderately. Water in well. The bud graft or bud union (if evident) should remain approximately 5cm above soil ***except for Lilac trees where the graft MUST be planted well below the soil to avoid the rootstock growing through. If planting in an area with clay soils, be sure not to dig into the clay, rather build up the garden bed with topsoil, as clay will not allow water to drain away, and will result in the tree roots ‘drowning’. CARE MUST be taken at planting time with the addition of fertilisers, as this may burn the roots. However, the addition of slow release fertiliser in a planting tablet form is beneficial.
Watering: Once the roots are arranged and settled, cover with soil and firm gently. Make a small depression around the tree to stop the water running away, or alternatively use a tree surround to create a well for the water to stay within proximity to the roots. Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Fertilising: Fertilise once the plant has its full foliage. Pruning: Prune trees by about half when planting to encourage vigorous and compact growth. This will encourage a well shaped tree, and also allow the roots and branches a chance to balance up from when they were dug from their original growing spot. Always prune to an outside facing bud, to encourage the tree to develop a lovely shape.
Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter