The sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua), is a popular ornamental tree that is easily recongized by its five-pointed star-shaped leaves and hard, spiked fruits. Sweet gum also offers sharp autumn color and survives in poorly drained soils.
- Alternate Common Name: American sweetgum, star-leaved gum
- Average Height: The sweet gum tree is a medium to large tree, growing 80 feet tall.
- Average Width: No data
- Leaf Description: Leaves of the sweet gum tree appear almost as a star, with 5-7 lobes. They are shiny green from above and a bit fuzzy on the underside. See pictures.
- Bark Description: Sweet gum bark is gray brown with irregular furrows.
- Twig Description: Twigs are medium textured and shiny greet to yellow with a corky appearance. Buds are large and often sticky.
- Flowering: Inconspicuous
- Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
- Comments: None