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Sweetgum


Sweetgum Tree
The sweetgum is a shade and ornamental tree, and there are more than 100 sweetgums in Central Park. It was likely growing wild in the area before the Park's construction. It features stunning fall foliage with hues of yellow, orange, red, and purple. A cluster of sweetgums can be found just south of the Blockhouse.

Common Name: Sweetgum

Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Origin: Eastern North America and South America

Family: Altingiaceae

Size: 60' - 75' tall, 40' - 50' wide

Form: Pyramidal to oval/round

Culture: Needs space for roots

Leaves

Star-shaped, alternate, 5-lobed, orbicular, 4" - 8" long

Flower

Green, upright clusters

Fruit

Globose with horn-like projections

Bark

Grayish-brown, becoming deeply furrowed