#053 Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

This Sweetgum suffered extreme lightning damage in 1990. It was in decline and was in very poor condition after a health evaluation in the summer of 1998. It has since been removed.

Statistics (1992)

  • Circumference (In.): 138"
  • Height (Ft.): 80'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 85'
  • Total Points: 239

More Information

  • Nominated By: Sarah Belk Gambrel
  • Year Added: 1992
  • Owned By: Sarah Belk Gambrell
  • Current condition: Gone
  • Neighborhood: Eastover
  • Property Type: Private Home
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: The name Sweetgum comes from the smell of the gum that the tree oozes from wounds. Many gardeners do not like the tree due to its fruit: woody, spiny, 1- to 1½-inch balls that drop from fall to winter.
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