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Liquidambar styraciflua

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American Sweetgum 

FAMILY: HAMMAMELIDACEAE

Liquidambar styraciflua - American Sweetgum

About American Sweetgum at OSU's Landscape Plants site

  • Native to eastern and southern North America and south to Nicaragua.

  • Record height of 200’ but usually <100’.

  • Leaves are 5-lobed and look a little like maple leaves, except they are alternate instead of opposite.

  • Flowers are inconspicuous. The fruit is prickly 1” ball (“gumball”) and tends to litter the ground.

  • Named for the fragrant resin under bark.

  • Common in Portland.

Tree #LocationDimensionsPhoto and Notes
55

2617 NE 16th Ave

Right of Way

90' Height

58' Spread

11' Circ.

This is the south tree in a pair of Heritage Sweetgums at this location.

Liquidambar styraciflua - American Sweetgum
56

2617 NE 16th Ave

Right of Way

90' Height

53' Spread

11.6' Circ.

This is the south tree in a pair of Heritage Sweetgums at this location.

Liquidambar styraciflua - American Sweetgum

214

5104 NE Flanders St

Right of Way

96' Height

85' Spread

10.9' Circ.

Liquidambar styraciflua - American Sweetgum
362

7300 SW Brier Pl

Right of Way

104' Height

60' Spread

10.9' Circ.

Liquidambar styraciflua - American Sweetgum