The Sweetgum Tree is a popular shade tree and can be seen in parks, landscapes and wooded areas all over most of the continental United States with the exception of a few of the colder northern states.
The Sweetgum is easy to spot from its 5-point leaves that look like stars and it’s prickly balled fruit that resemble a medieval mace.
The large glossy green leaves are very attractive and give the tree agenerous shade area.
The tree’s narrow pyramid shape appeals to landscapers in urban and suburban settings.
The Autumn colors of the Sweetgum are spectacular, as it produces a variety of hues from purple, red to orange and yellow.
The unique woody fruit balls also make a nice scavenger hunt item!
|Scientific Name:||Liquidambar styraciflua|
|Leaf Length & Color:||4-8 inches, green|
|Fall Leaf Color:||Orange; Red; Purple; Yellow|
|Unique Characteristics:||Quick-growing shade tree;
Star-shape leaves & spike-ball fruits
The Sweetgum is a great shade tree to find on a hot summer afternoon, view for its fall foilage, or collect its spikey fruit for arts & crafts.