Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic 

Common in the southeast,* this low maintenance, ornamental shade tree is
prized for its timber and sweet, gummy aromatic sap, from which it derives
its common name. It is distinguished by star-shaped leaves as well as
prickly seed balls that litter the ground as they drop from fall to spring.

*It is native to DC and common in DE. In PA, it is found mostly in the extreme southeast. In VA, it is common in the Coastal Plain and outer Piedmont, becoming infrequent to rare in the inner and far northern Piedmont, and disjunct across the Blue Ridge. It is native to NoVA but unreported in Alexandria, Fairfax City, Falls Church, and Manassas.

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