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Photo courtesy of J.S. Peterson, USDA PLANTS Database.

Sweetgum

Scientific name
Liquidambar styraciflua
Plant Family
Sweetgum is a large tree with star shaped leaves. The fruits are round balls with spiny tips sticking out in all directions (sometimes referred to as "gumballs").
Identification Hints

Sweetgum is a large tree with star shaped leaves. The fruits are round balls with spiny tips sticking out in all directions (sometimes referred to as "gumballs").

Did You Know?

The leaves of Sweetgum have five to sevenĀ  pointed lobes, spread out like a hand or a star, and are referred to as "palmately lobed". This tree is found primarily in the southeastern and southcentral US, as well as in Mexico and Central America.

States
AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV