Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua

The sweetgum is special for the teenagers. From it came the chewing gum. Pioneers made a chewy, sweet gum from the tree's resin. In autumn the tree may be recognized by the presence of red, yellow, and purple leaves all on the tree at once. The tall, symmetrical sweetgum is easily recognized by the bur-like balls which hang from the tree.