Gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh often shares garden tips on his Instagram account. Last week was no exception as Alan offered advice to gardeners looking to add some “autumn colour” to their garden. Alan described October as a “dispiriting” month where people often feel “frustrated”.
“Liquidambar while others are taking off in the skies to foreign climbs and you’re stuck in your garden.
“Give this a go. Liquidambar styraciflua.”
Liquidambar styraciflua also known as “sweet gum” is a tree that has maple-like leaves.
The leaves turn beautiful shades of orange, crimson and purple in autumn, making it the perfect tree for the season.
The tree can grow in moist but well-drained soil such as clay, loam and sand.
In spring and summer, liquidambar has green foliage.
The tree also produces small red flowers and spiky fruit that are inconspicuous.
Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh airs at 10am on ITV