American Copalma is a tree known for its beautiful star-shaped leaves and its yellow, orange and red color in the fall.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Liquidambar styraciflua
Family : Hamamelidaceae
Type : Tree
Height : 8 to 35 m
Ground : Ordinary, well drained
Exposure : Sunny
Foliage : Obsolete
American copalme plantation
It is recommended plant American copalme in autumn to promote rooting before winter.
You can also plant in spring copalme bought in container.
Note that the size of American copalms is variable and can range from 8 to 35 m depending on the species and the growing conditions.
- So prefer a isolated and open place to appreciate its beautiful silhouette.
- American copalma needs a sunny location to give the best of him.
- Copalma likes deep soils, but thrives in any type of soil, as long as it is well drained.
- Good mulching will protect it from the last spring frosts and keep the soil cool in summer.
American Copalme Size
American Copalme does not require pruning unless you can do otherwise.
- Its natural, slender and conical silhouette is the best asset of American copalme
- Remove dead, fragile or damaged branches in the spring.
Watering the American copalme
During the first 2 years after planting, water your copalme regularly, especially in case of drought and hot weather.
Once installed, copalme normally draws its water requirements from the soil, without needing to water it.
To know about the American copalme
Native to North America, the American copalme is a very ornamental tree which also offers a quality of wood recognized in cabinetmaking. It is also widely known as liquidambar.
We also extract from its wood and its fruits a resin called liquidambar balm or balsam of Peru that the Cherokee Indians used as chewing gum and which is now used more in herbal tea for its beneficial respiratory, anti-diarrheal and stress-relieving properties.
American copalme is also a wonder in the fall with its purple hues that illuminate the garden with a thousand lights.
Note that if your American copalma does not bear fruit is that it is certainly a sterile cultivar called liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' which was created to prevent its fruits, very slippery when they are burst, from causing accidents in parking lots or along roads .
American copalma never bears fruit for 25 years.
Smart tip about American Copalme
The growth of American softwood is relatively slow.
The addition of fertilizer will not favor it but, on the other hand, a regular amendment based on manure and algae will actively aid in the proper development of the tree.
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