Tree of the Week: Sweetgum

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  There are variegated sweetgums. There are upright sweetgums. There are those who are driven to distraction by sweetgum fruits, cool though they are.  There are the multitudinous fall colors of sweetgum, There are the winged stems of many sweetgums. There are the truly wonderful monoecious flowers of sweetgum. There are sweetgums in the snow. There are sweetgums that range from Florida to states north of Ohio. Liquidambar styraciflua, you of the twice-named gum, we barely know ye!

  variegated sweetgum

 

 

 

upright sweetgum

 

sweetgum fruits in spring

 

sweetgum fruits in winter

 

fall foliage color of sweetgums

 

winged stems of sweetgum

 

monoecious flowers of sweetgum

 

But until next season, let us remember this member of the witch-hazel family (Hamamelidaceae) for what so recently they provided to Ohio's Capitol and in downtown Columbus,, our state’s capital

 

sweetgum at the Capitol

 

sweetgum at the Capitol rotunda

 

sweetgum leaves in December

 

sweetgum leaves along a Columbus street

 

colorful sweetgum leaves

 

sweetgum leaves run aground