Famous for it’s Autumn colour, the sweet gum is an ever popular choice. It has rich green maple like leaves that turn to flame colours in early autumn, as seen on the specimen here in late September, but then deepen to a rich purple later in the year, the tree often holding some leaves into december. It tends to form a pyramidal shape, and is freuently grown clothed down to the ground, as here. Some people also find the deeply fissured corky bark an attractive feature. Will grow on most soils, but not shallow chalk. Will grow to a considerable size, 14m or so.