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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

Sweetgum

Also Known As: Redgum, Sapgum, Starleaf-gum, Bilsted

Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Trail Location: 25

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Sweetgum at Townsend River Walk & Arboretum
Plant Type:
Deciduous

Family:
Altingiaceae

USDA Hardiness Zones:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9

USDA Plant Id:
list2

Height:
60 - 80
ft.
Spread:
40 - 50
ft.

Flower:
Minimal


Leaf Description:
A star shaped leaf with 5 - 7 lobes. It is aromatic when crushed.

Fall Leaf Color:
Brilliant Reds, Oranges and Yellows

Wildlife Value
Birds: Nesting, cover and food.
Mammals: Food

In East Tennessee this tall "teepee" shaped tree is often called a Gumball tree, due to the golf ball sized fruit with sharp points.  It loves the acidic soil in the is area and propagates fairly easily.  It is a hardwood with important lumber value.