The sweetgum tree, also known as redgum or Liquidambar styraciflua, is a member of the witch hazel family (Hamamelidaceae). It is a fast growing tree with good fall foliage.
Star shaped leaves adorn the sweetgum tree.
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Redgum trees are large, over 100 feet tall, and have a cone-shaped crown that rounds when mature. There are star-like leaves, 4 to 7 inches wide, with spiny fruits. It is a deciduous tree, meaning the leaves will fall each autumn.
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