Five point leaf trees
You may have walked by a Sweetgum (also known as a Redgum or Sapgum tree ) tree many times and never knew it by name. It looks like a Maple Tree but isn't. Read on to learn How to Identify and Recognize a Sweetgum Tree.
- Moderately Easy
- 1 First look at the area around you. Is it a fairly mixed, woody area? That is, are there a lot of different trees in the relatively same area? Often Sweetgum / Redgum / Sapgum trees grow in this sort of habitat.
- 2 Then, stand back and look at the tree. The Sweetgum is definitely not one you'd want in your home :-) It grows pretty big. Up to 60-100 in some cases. Crown, or area above the trunk with all the leaves will appear somewhat long and oval to cone-shaped in some cases. (as opposed to short and rounder like a dogwood etc). See picture above.
- 6 Do you see any fruit? If it is the right time, sweetgum / redgum / sapgum trees drop a fruit that is greenish brown, round shaped that hangs by a stem a couple inches long
- 7If it has met the above, you've successfully identified your Sweetgum / Sapgum / Redgum tree. Thanks for reading!!
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