94 American Sweetgum Liquidambar styracilflua

Family: Altingiaceae

‘Liquidambar’ and sweetgum refer to the gum that exudes from the tree. Native to South east USA, Mexico and Central America. Sometimes called “alligator wood” because of the strange reptilian look of the branches when the tree is without leaves in the winter. The 5 pointed star shaped leaves are quite distinctive. Used as both an ornamental and forestry tree, the wood being widely used in Southern USA for lumber, veneer, plywood, and furniture. It is often grown for its specatular autumn colour.