Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua

liquidambar 2The sweetgum tree originates from South Eastern USA and is a popular ornamental tree.   It is a deciduous tree that looks a bit like the Maple with palmate leaves that turn a stunning colour in the autumn. While the Maple has leaves that grow in pairs, the Sweetgum has stacked leaves.

The sweetgum is one of the most common commercial hardwood species grown in South Eastern USA for its bright reddish brown colour.  Its sap also has commercial use. 

All four species of the tree are represented at Bedgebury.  Some of the young trees at Bedgebury were collected by Dan Luscombe and the previous curator, Chris Reynolds. 

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