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Sweet Gum Tree

Liquidambar styraciflua


The Sweet Gum tree is a deciduous tree. Sweet gum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States, and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. It is recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves and its hard, spiked fruits. It is currently classified in the plant family Altingiaceae, but was formerly considered a member of the Hamamelidaceae.


Native to temperate areas of Eastern North America. There are also regions of Mexico and Central America where you may find these trees

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19pmeany 4 years ago

I found the spiky bad too. See the pics I added.

Spenser 4 years ago

That's a sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Look for the spiky seed balls, but I'm fairly sure it's the only tree in your area that has leaves of that shape

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Dec 10, 2017
Submitted on Dec 22, 2017

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