Key Features: Magnificent fiery autumn foliage; best variety for UK climate; superb form and habit
This variant of the Sweet Gum is the pick of the bunch and truly one of the finest of all autumn foliage trees. Familiar with British conditions having first been cultivated in Surrey 'Worplesdon' has gone on to achieve the Royal Horticultural Society's Awards of Garden Merit in 1987 and again in 2002.
The leaves of 'Worplesdon' are more deeply lobed and pronounced than that of its mother tree L. styraciflua. Its shape and habit are also more pleasing and well behaved than the straight species, with 'Worplesdon' developing into a rather architectural conical form. It is however the autumn when it is at its finest. Leaves begin to go bright yellow at first then through shades of orange, fiery red and finally deep crimson. A most spectacular sight! This tree is perfect for many different locations including gardens, parks and urban areas. 'Worplesdon' performs well in any reasonable soil, even tolerating alkaline conditions. Being a British clone, it is a proven performer in our climatic conditions and is fully hardy. An absolutely cracking tree one of the first i would reckon to include it any garden of sufficient size to home it.