Forms a dense, rounded ball of maple-shaped leaves. Autumn leaves in purple, orange, yellow, and red that persist well into winter. Excellent street tree. Great for formal planting. In dry soil, produces a taproot that helps reinforce it against wind, but in wetter soil, only grows superficial roots and cannot tolerate much wind. Does not produce seed capsules. Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gumball’ (American Sweetgum) grows to 3m (H) x 2m (W) in 10 years.