Liquidambar styraciflua
(Sweetgum)

 
“   American Sweetgum   ” by    Dan Keck    is licensed under    CC BY 1.0

American Sweetgum” by Dan Keck is licensed under CC BY 1.0

Commonly 50′ to 70′ can grow up to 150′.

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, 4-7″ long, star shaped leaves, wonderful fall color (red and yellow)

Flowers: March-May, small, green, sexes separate but on the same tree.

Fruit: Maturing in the fall, 1″ woody balls made up of many little capsules each with 2 sharply pointed breaks and containing tiny winged seeds.

Twigs: slender, green to reddish brown often with corky wings.

Bark: rough, corky, furrowed, brown to gray.

Comments: Fast growing, long lived, great fall color, and prefers moist areas.

“   American Sweetgum   ” by    Katja Schulz    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

American Sweetgum” by Katja Schulz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“   Sweetgum   ” by    Maggie    is licensed under    CC BY 2.0

Sweetgum” by Maggie is licensed under CC BY 2.0