A small genus of about four species of which the North American species Liquidambar Styraciflua is the best. It has a maple-like leaf, grows to the height of about sixty feet, and, when late in the Fall it has taken on its Autumn tints, it has a very striking appearance. Its cork-like barked branches give it a picturesque and interesting character, suitable for informal planting. Plant in low sheltered situations in soft moist soil and give plenty of water during the growing season.
Propagate by seeds sown in Spring in open ground, covered to the depth of one-quarter of an inch.