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Sweetgum (Liquidambar)

This genus is native to the southeastern United States, not native to Oregon, and is currently not fully described on this website.


  • Leaves: Easily identified by its 5- to 7-pointed, star-shaped leaves that change through a rainbow of colors in the fall. Simple, deciduous, and alternate.
  • Fruit: a peculiar spiny ball, golfball-sized, that persists through winter on the tree; it is actually a round head of beaked capsules, each capsule containing one to several hard black seeds (winged or unwinged).
  • Twigs: Develop thick, corky ridges
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For more information on this tree, check here:

Dendrology at Virginia Tech: Searchable Fact Sheets

USDA Forest Service: Silvics of North American Tree Species

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