Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

There is only one sweetgum in the Park, a beautiful tree in the southeast triangle. The Wikipedia entry is here.
Sweetgum in the southeast triangle.
Sweetgum factoids:
  • It is easily recognized by its five-pointed leaves and its spiked spherical seed pods lying underneath its canopy.
  • It is named for the fragrant resin, or gum, which the tree exudes.
  • The glossy, leathery, dark green leaves turn bright orange and purple in autumn.
  • Sweetgums grow extensively in the southeast United States and are used for furniture and plywood
Distinctive five-pointed leaves
Spiky seed pods of sweetgum, one removed from the tree at left and a dry one on the ground that has had its seeds picked out by birds.
George Washington (on quarter) donated 13 sweetgum seeds to Alexander Hamilton to line the latter's estate in upper Manhattan. Hamilton wanted to make the sweetgum our national tree.

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