Red Leaves – Sweet Gum

When we think about Autumn leaves, we usually think about Maples… However, in Hong Kong, our red leaves are not Maples. They are Sweet Gum. They are different types of trees.

Sweet Gum in Tai Tong is a native deciduous tree of outstanding, graceful shape, up to 30 metres tall. The foliage colour changes with seasons – from bright green in spring and summer to yellow to bright red and anything in between in autumn and winter. Sweet Gum flowers from March to June. The woody, mace-like fruits can be seen on the branches when they become ripe in winter.