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50 Natives : Virginia : Liqidamabar styraciflua: Sweetgum

I think I will call it the Sugar Maple of the south….because it almost could pass for the same tree.

Sweetgum is one of the most important commercial hardwoods in the southeast as the handsome hard wood is put to many uses as a veneer and in furniture making.

Sweetgum is widely planted as an ornamental, especially outside of its natural range, due to its brilliant fall foliage (usually red). Its fast growth and wide tolerance make it a good choice as a street tree, shade tree, and as a windbreak tree. Sweetgum is an especially beautiful specimen tree when paired with a green lawn playing background to its beautiful fall color.

Liquidambar styraciflua mosaic

1. Old Town Auburn, CA #21, 2. DSC_1006 Sweet Gum Tree ( liquidambar styraciflua)Bokeh, 3. Liquidamber (Liquidambar styraciflua), 4. Estoraque – Liquidambar styraciflua 0028 – Spain – Barcelona – Sant Cugat del Valles – Avda Pla del Vinyet Esq Francesc Moragas, 5. Liquidambar Styraciflua (Sweet Gum), 6. Autumn Leaves (Liquidambar Styraciflua), 7. Estoraque – Liquidambar styraciflua 0027 – Spain – Barcelona – Sant Cugat del Valles – Avda Pla del Vinyet Esq Francesc Moragas, 8. Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua Capsule, 9. Liquidambar styraciflua

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  1. Here in North Carolina, our woods are edged with Sweetgum. The American Goldfinch LOVES these trees for food.


  2. Sandy Austin says:

    Hi Rochelle
    Liquidambers are an introduced species in New Zealand but, in spite of doing so well, I don’t think it is grown for its wood. Nice to see my pic (N.3) in your line-up 🙂
    (Auckland, New Zealand)

  3. rochelle says:

    sandy – it is a great picture…good work….

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