Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua: Liquidambar, from the Latin 'liquidus' for 'liquid' and 'ambar' for 'amber', referring to the fragrant resin found in this species; styraciflua, flowing with gum.

Vertical excurrent habit.

Yellow variegated leaves on cv. 'Aurea'.

Red to purple to orange to yellow fall color, dependent on cv.

Fruits are round, burr-like seed pods.

Bark smooth gray to grayish brown, becoming furrowed with age.

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