12. Liquidambar styraciflua – Sweet Gum
Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Nativity: Warm areas of eastern North America and Central America
The genus name “liquidambar” was given by Carl Linnaeus in reference to the thick, gum-like resins that seep from the tree. Chewing gum to sweeten the breath can be made from this resin as well. It was historically popular for soaps, adhesives, and pharmaceuticals. Today, it is mainly used for high end furniture and interior finishings. Sweetgum is one of the most common hardwoods in U.S. and is a great pollinator plant for bees. Gray squirrels, chipmunks, and various bird species enjoy the fruits and seeds.
DBH: 9.6 inches