The liquidambar or styrax is a medium-large deciduous tree, native to North America, when ripe it can reach 25-30 m. It has an erect stem, densely branched, with a pyramidal crown, which becomes rounded over the years; the bark is gray-brown, deeply cracked. The leaves are large, star-shaped, with 5-7 pointed lobes, have a dark green color and in autumn they become purple or orange, before falling. In spring it produces female flowers, gathered in pendulous racemes, and male flowers in erect racemes, white-greenish, inconspicuous; in late summer the flowers give way to the fruits, semi-woody round capsules, very thorny, with a diameter of around 3-4 cm; they remain on the plant for many weeks and contain small seeds. This plant is widely used in parks and gardens, generally as a single specimen.
There are numerous cultivars with variegated leaves or with very showy autumn colors.
For optimal development it is good to place the styrax tree in a sunny position, or in partial shade; it is a variety of trees that is not afraid of the cold. The root system of the liquidambars it tends to widen very much and to descend very deep, it is advisable to take this into account when planting it. In fact, it needs a rather large space in order to better develop its root system.