Has a large root system
Can reach heights of 100 feet
The trunk is about three feet wide
Grows in wooded areas and is easily identified by star-shapped leaves
Growing zones: 2-6
The Sweet Gum Tree produces what are referred to as "gumballs". They look like small ornaments, are brown, and may contain as many as 50 seeds, which are eaten by squirrels, birds, and chipmunks. These "gumballs" stay throughout the winter and fall in the early spring.