Produces a pleasant scent from the leaves and bark
Often seen in parks or along walkways
Star-shapped, glossy green foliage through spring and summer
Displays fiery colors during autumn
Produces spiny, round seed pods during the winter that are favorites among squirrels and birds
The tree produces sap that is lovely smelling and was used by Native Americans for medical purposes
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
Sweet Gum Trees Produce "Fruit"
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.