Liquidambar Maple

Liquidambar  Maple 6563 - June - Right Front

Liquidambar Maple 6563 – June – Right Front

Liquidambar Maple (Liquidambar styraciflua), commonly called the American sweetgum, sweet-gum (sweet gum in the UK), alligator-wood, American-storax, bilsted, red-gum, satin-walnut, or star-leaved gum, is a deciduous tree in the genus Liquidambar native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America. A popular ornamental tree in temperate climates, it is recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves and its hard, spiked fruits. It is currently classified in the plant family Altingiaceae, but was formerly considered a member of the Hamamelidaceae. Source: Dr Mary Forrest, UCD.

 

 

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