Sweetgum

Arbor walk #35, Treekeeper #2995

Gum from this tree has long been used for a variety of purposes, including chewing gum, incense, perfumes, flavorings, medicines and folk remedies; however the hard spiked fruiting clusters, or “gumballs,” are often considered a nuisance. As the name implies, the ‘Slender Silhouette’ cultivar is much thinner and more compact than the species tree, appearing almost columnar in profile. It also produces less fruit, which is restricted to dropping in a much smaller area than the species tree, cutting down on the annoyance.

Common NameSweetgum
Latin NameLiquidambar styraciflua
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Cultivar/Variety Slender Silhouette
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How to identify a Sweetgum

Relationship of Liquidambar styraciflua to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of Sweetgums

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