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Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

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Range

Distinctive leaves are star-shaped, 5-pointed, finely toothed; fruit a distinctive spiny ball; ranging from eastern Texas to Pennsylvania.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Often on moist soil in bottomlands; occurring in a wide variety of forest types; ranging from eastern Texas to Pennsylvania.

Stature: 80-120 feet high; to 4 feet in diameter; with a fairly narrow crown and an elegant main trunk.

Leaves: 4-7 inches long; star-shaped, with 5-7 pointed lobes; shiny and pale green above; paler below.

Bark: Thick; grayish brown; furrowed or scaly in age.

Fruit: A distinctive ball; to 1 1/2 inches long; round; spiny.


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Liquidambar styraciflua

Liquidambar styraciflua

Liquidambar styraciflua

Liquidambar styraciflua



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