Sweetgum

Arbor walk #15, Treekeeper ID #6568

This low-maintenance deciduous shade tree is found natively in much of the Eastern US and in the Southeastern corner of Missouri, usually in low, wet, woodland areas or along stream beds. It is planted as a shade tree in many parks and lawns because of its ease of care and tolerance of a wide variety of soil conditions. Gum from the tree has long been used for a variety of purposes, including chewing gum, incense, perfumes, flavorings, medicines and folk remedies. The hard spiked fruiting clusters, or “gumballs” can hang on all winter.

Common NameSweetgum
Latin NameLiquidambar styraciflua
Indigenous Name(s) 
Cultivar/Variety
Commercial Name 

Take a Look Around

More about Tree #35:

Where to find Arbor Walk #35

Data on the space around this tree

Data on this tree over time

More about the Sweetgum in general:

How to identify a Sweetgum

Relationship of Liquidambar styraciflua to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Sweetgums

Additional Resources on the Sweetgum