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Afterglow Sweetgum Tree Seeds - 15 Count

$8.99

Afterglow Sweetgum Seeds 
Liquidambar styraciflua

Description: Large, aromatic tree with straight trunk and conical crown that becomes round and spreading. Not only does this 40 – 60 foot tree have very flamboyant rosy-red fall color with varying colorations, but dramatic and intense lavender - purple juvenile growth, slowly changing to a deep green.
Height: 40 - 60 feet.
Diameter: 1 1/2 - 3 feet
Leaves: 3 - 6 inches long and wide. Star - shaped or maple like, with 5, sometimes 7, long - pointed, finely saw - toothed lobes and 5 main veins from notched base; with resinous odor when crushed; leafstalks slender, nearly as long as blades. Juvenile leaves start with a deep set purple, slowly converting to a shiny dark green above, turning reddish in autumn.
Bark: Gray; deeply furrowed into narrow scaly ridges.
Twigs: Green to brown, stout, often forming corky wings.
Flowers: Tiny; in greenish ball - like clusters in spring; male in several clusters along a stalk; female in drooping cluster on same tree.
Fruit: 1 - 1 ¼ inches in diameter; a long - stalked drooping brown ball composed of many individual fruits, each ending in 2 long curved prickly points and each with 1 - 2 long - winged seeds; maturing in autumn and persistent into winter. Easy to identify "gumballs", woody brown spheres, 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter with openings in the surface that release 2 seeds from each capsule. Maturing in September or November.
Habitat: Moist soils of valleys and lower slopes; in mixed woodlands. Often a pioneer after logging, clearing, and in old fields.
Range: Extreme SW. Connecticut south to central Florida, west to E. Texas, and north to S. Illinois; also a variety in E. Mexico; to 3000 feet in southern Appalachians.
Characteristics: This tree is easily distinguished by its star - shaped leaves and the long - stemmed, prickly hanging fruits. Sweetgum attains a height of 50 - 120 feet and the trunk may have a diameter of 3 - 4 feet. The leaves are 5 - 8 inches long and turn a brilliant reddish - purple in the autumn.
Discussion: An important timber tree, Sweetgum is second in production only to oaks among hardwoods. It is a leading furniture wood, used for cabinetwork, veneer, plywood, pulpwood, barrels, and boxes. In pioneer days, a gum was obtained from the trunks by peeling the bark and scraping off the resin like solid. This gum was used medicinally as well as for chewing gum. Commercial storax, a fragrant resin used in perfumes and medicines, is from the related Oriental Sweetgum (Liquidambar orientalis Mill.) of western Asia. Sweetgums provide cover for many birds and mammal, they have relationships with some helpful mushrooms; while other fungi, such as the Oyster Mushroom, are parasites.
Wildlife Value: The seeds are eaten by many birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. Very young Sweetgum trees are eaten by deer, rabbits, mice, and beaver. Sweetgums grow with many other trees, including Virginia Pine, Eastern White Pine, Yellow Poplar, oaks, American Elm, Red Maple, Silver Maple, hickories, Flowering Dogwood, American Sycamore, Sassafras and Redbud. Other pests include caterpillars, such as tent caterpillars and Luna Moths. Treehoppers also eat the leaves of Sweetgums. Ruby - throated Hummingbirds visit Sweetgum flowers for nectar. Seeds are eaten by many birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. Very young Sweetgum trees are eaten by deer, rabbits, mice, and beaver. Sweetgums grow with many other trees, including Virginia Pine, Eastern White Pine, Yellow Poplar, oaks, American Elm, Red Maple, Silver Maple, hickories, Flowering Dogwood, American Sycamore, Sassafras and Redbud.
Kingdom: Plant
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Hamamelidales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Genus: Liquidambar
Species: Liquidambar styraciflua


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  • Model: SWEETGUM-AFTERGLOW-15
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 2491 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Various Sources


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 12 November, 2015.

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