Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sweet Gum Tree, Before the Storm

The Sweetgum tree (also called Redgum or Sapgum) gets its name from the gummy resinous substance beneath the bark which, during pioneer days, was stripped from the trunk and used medicinally, or as a chewing gum.

Before the major wind and rain came through the Northeast last week, this Sweetgum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) was in full color. Now all that remains are the prickly green fruit balls.


  1. We have a lot of these trees in the apartment complex. They're very pretty right now wearing their fall colors, but I have to admit that walking anywhere near them at night can be tricky because the fallen leaves hide the fallen prickly balls. Stepping on them is like stepping on a rock...ouch! :-)

  2. Interesting post and what a gorgeous tree!

  3. Michelle, those balls are a bit treacherous - but so lovely!

    Geraldine, thank you as always. ;)


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