Forms a stately, pyramidal tree with well-spaced branches and rugged, corky bark. Handsome, shining, five to seven-lobed, maple-shaped leaves. A riot of red, orange, yellow, and purple autumn leaves over a long period. Colours well in all climates. Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum) grows to 8m (H) x 6m (W) in 10 years.