last updated 14/03/2022

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Parasol' 
The leaf shape is particularly attractive here, having more divided lobes which are themselves more serrated. It develops a central leader, but the side branches weep daintily at the tips. Pretty autumn colour is a multicoloured kaleidoscope of yellows, apricots and oranges. Indeed, it is just starting in the photo - see how defined the veins become. Most effective.

NEW LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Pendula' 
More pendulous than Parasol, it also has a larger more complete leaf. The autumn colours are some of the most bright and vivid reds.

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Penwood'   
An excellent form selected by Doug Harris, whose judgment I trust completely. More compact of habit, it reliably holds the wonderful wine red autumn colour for over 2 months.

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' 
This just doesn't look like a Liquidambar. Yes the leaves are basically the same shape, but every lobe is rounded instead of pointed which changes the whole feel of the tree. One thing that stays the same, however, is the stunning autumn colour. 

NEW LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Savil Torch'

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Schock's Gold' 
A new introduction to Europe from the US, this form has wonderful gold leaves all summer before turning red in autumn. More compact in habit so perfect for the smaller garden, but watch it doesn't dry out in summer as this will cause leaf scorch.

NEW LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Silver King' 
Striking cultivar with leaves margined creamy white, flushed rose from late summer into autumn. Very similar to 'Albomarginata Manon'.

NEW LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' 
I'm really impressed with this splendid recent introduction which, as the name implies, has a very slender, upright habit. Perfect in a smaller space as a vertical accent. Happily the autumn colour is as good as you would expect.

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Stared' 
This is a fantastic recent selection with large deeply cut star shaped leaves. Habit is stiffly upright and vase shaped. The red autumn colour is unequalled! Dare I say that this is my "pick of the genus"?


LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Thea'   
A new selection from the same Dutch stable as most of my other new liquidambars - again selected for autumn colour.

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'White Star' 
Another new one from the States, this time the bright green leaves are splashed with white. More compact in habit so perfect for the smaller garden.

NEW LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Woorby Rose'

LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Worplesdon' 
A popular form originating in Surrey; the leaves have long, relatively narrow lobes and great autumn colour (aren't they all...) starting orange-yellow and turning to red or even purple.

LUMA apiculata   
I'm told that it shows my age, but I just can't get used to calling this evergreen shrub Luma - to me it will always be a Myrtus! Never mind, whatever you want to call it, it's a great plant; whether you have the site (and patience) to grow them into trees (the beauty of the bark always makes me do a double-take) as you see down at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens or whether your ambitions are more modest. I find it invaluable to have a range of tidy evergreens to mix into new planting to give some structure and protection to bulbs and early perennials. The pretty flowers in late summer are almost a bonus. Of course, this isn't the hardiest plant in the world, but it's usually pretty well behaved if you choose a sensible site. No good trying to use it in the Pennines as the first line of defence for example! 

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