Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ] Forest Type: Multiple
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Often on moist soil in bottomlands; occurring in a wide variety of forest types; ranging from eastern Texas to Pennsylvania.
Stature: 80-120 feet high; to 4 feet in diameter; with a fairly narrow crown and an elegant main trunk.
Leaves: 4-7 inches long; star-shaped, with 5-7 pointed lobes; shiny and pale green above; paler below.
Bark: Thick; grayish brown; furrowed or scaly in age.
Fruit: A distinctive ball; to 1 1/2 inches long; round; spiny.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2005, August). Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/liquidambar_styraciflua.html