Sweetgum

sweetgum

The word “burnished” wasn’t coined to describe the fall colors of sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua L.) leaves, but it could have been! It’s worth taking a fall foray just to find and collect a few of these beautiful things. Grab a few “porcupine eggs,” as well — these fruits, which are also called “gum balls,” each contain about 50 seeds. They are eaten by chipmunks, squirrels, and many species of birds.

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