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Campus Gardens

Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweet Gum, Red gum
Family: Hamamelidaceae

Sweet Gum is a moderately to rapidly growing tree, reaching heights of about 60-100'. However is quite slender when young, filling out with age. Distinctly star shaped leaves on this tree are 4-8", a dark glossy green, and when crushed give off an odor. Autumn leaves turn orange, red, and burgundy, even purplish. The Sweet Gum contains woody spiny-balled fruit 1-1.5" that change from green to brown as they mature. This fruit can become a problem in lawns because of the sharp spina. The seeds attract birds. Hardy zones 6-9. Located in Phase II area.

Jenny Grieco

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