Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) - Moth Host Plant
Sweet Gum Tree
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5B through 10A
Height: 30-50 feet. May be grown in pots if well-trimmed
Plant Spacing: 30’ from other trees
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Water Requirements: Medium
Soil Requirements: Grows well in varied soil
Host Plant For: Luna Moth and Promethea Moth
A favorite here at the farm, Sweet Gum Trees have stunning star-shaped leaves and bright fall foliage. The Sweet Gum Tree is native to the Southeastern United States and Central America. Shiny bright green leaves turn orange, purple, yellow, and/or red in the fall. The fruit of the Sweet Gum Tree is a hard, spikey sphere around 1 ½ inches in diameter, and is commonly referred to as a “Gum Ball”- not fun to step on with bare feet! Luna and Promethea Moths use Sweet Gum as a host plant. Look for bright green larvae and cocoons on the leaves and stems. If kept well-trimmed, Sweet Gum trees can be grown in large pots for many years before they outgrow their container.
Two 6" potted plants will feed 1 larvae.