Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

This species is native to warm regions in eastern North and Central America. This medium-sized (20-35 m tall) deciduous tree has leaves that look similar to those of maples, but Sweetgum leaves are arranged alternately on the branches. Mature trees produce a clear, brownish-yellow resin that has been traditionally used to treat wounds in humans and animals.
Habitat:
Bottomlands, coastal zones.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing up to 40 m tall with pyramidal crown.
Bloom Time:
Early to mid-spring.
Longevity:
Long-lived.
Presence in US:
AL AR CA CT DC DE FL GA IL IN KY LA MA MD ME MO MS NC NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA WV