Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua)

  • Broadleafed
  • Deciduous

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

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