Sweetgum

Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Sweetgum Tree

Attributes

Deciduous
Great Fall Color

Plant Family

Altingiaceae

Origin

Eastern North America and South America

Form

Pyramidal to oval/round

Plant Size

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

Description

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.

Sweetgum Leaves

Leaves

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

Fruit

Globose with horn-like projections
Sweetgum Flower

Flower

Green, upright clusters
Sweetgum Bark

Bark

Grayish-brown, becoming deeply furrowed