American Sweetgum

Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Genus: Liquidambar
Family: Hamamelidaceae

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This deciduous tree is distinguished by its prickly seed balls and beautiful fall colors. The Sweetgum got its name because the cut bark exudes a sweet, fragrant liquid used to make perfumes. It often is mistaken for a maple because the leaves are similar. The Sweetgum leaves are lustrous and bright green above and paler beneath. The wood of this tree is used to make furniture.