Sweetgum tree with ornaments

If I had any control over the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, I’d want this tree renamed, Liquidambar marthastewartii. If I had one in my yard, I’d definitely be out spray-painting them silver and gold.  (One of these days I have to collect some resin and see if it’s really like chewing gum.)  Taken at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, near the Philadelphia International Airport.

Colin Purrington Photography: Plants &emdash; Sweetgum pods

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One Response to Sweetgum tree with ornaments

  1. Sal Bro says:

    Sweet gum’s method of seed dispersal is one of my favorites. Shake, rattle, and roll! Lovely photo.

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