Magnificent autumn tree, native to the USA, putting on sumptuous burnt-orange and scarlet foliage from October onwards. Distinctive Sputnik-style seed pods appear in early summer among mid-green, star-shaped leaves. A deciduous tree of broadly rounded or conical form, it grows to about 20m x 10m. Slow-growing and long-lived tree, its size make it suitable for large gardens only. It has a preference for slightly acid soil that retains some moisture.
H x S: 20m x 10m
Aspect and soil: Best in full sun in moist but well-drained, lime-free soil (neutral to acid, and definitely not chalky).
Use: Grow in woodland, perhaps as part of a ‘East Coast Fall’ theme (perhaps alongside a Liriodendron), or as a single specimen in a large lawn or meadow.
Care: No pruning required other than removing dead, diseased or damaged branches.
Origin: Eastern USA