Liquidambar styraciflua, commonly called American sweetgum, sweetgum, sweet gum, sweet-gum is a deciduous tree in the genus Liquidambar native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America. Sweet gum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States, and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. It is recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves and its hard, spiked fruits. Liquidambar styraciflua is a medium-sized to large tree, growing anywhere from 10–15 m in cultivation and up to 46 m in the wild. It is also a popular choice for bonsai artists.
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