Upright, pyramidal form with outer branches that gracefully droop. The maple-shaped leaves are finely-cut and deeply-lobed. Striking autumn leaves are pale-orange and apricot before turning scarlet and purple. 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. Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ (American Sweetgum) grows to 6m (H) x 4m (W) in 10 years.