Champion Trees
Liquidambar styraciflua

This stunning tree is a champion tree. It is the best specimen of its type within N Ireland, and this is determined by measuring its height, its canopy spread, its girth, and its overall look

Look at the beautiful shape of this tree; such a gorgeous specimen that has had its home here for at least 200 years. This tree is a sun worshipper, and likes to be in an open site. It also has great resistance to wind and harsh weather. Originating from higher Mediterranean altitudes, this tree is content to grow in the persistent, damp windy climes we have in the UK and Ireland. Its champion status in Northern Ireland relates primarily to its significant girth.

Common name:     Sweetgum
Eventual Height:    20+ metres
Life span:               400 years
Native:      Non – Native

Value to Wildlife: This non-native broad leaved tree is not particularly alluring to our wildlife, but it does provide shelter and is non toxic so if any of the fauna do decide to try the fruits in summer they are harmless.
Uses: In Northern Ireland the Liquidambar tree is mainly grown for its ornamental qualities. This hardwood is a staple in the wood industry in the Eastern North America for uses such as construction right through to chopsticks. And it is a major tourism draw as it has such fantastic long lived autumn colour – people from around the globe flock to see “New England in the fall”.

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