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An individual instance of Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
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This tree is located at the corner of 24th Ave. S. and Vanderbilt Place off the corner of Branscomb Quadrangle.

Sweet gum leaves are distinctive due to both their 5-pointed star shape and the pleasant, aromatic smell that they have when torn or crushed.  The other very distinctive characteristic of the tree is its fruit, which looks like a spiky ball.  In the fall, the ground below sweet gum trees is littered with hundreds of the brown fruits that have dispersed their seeds.

Sweet gums favor wet bottomlands.  However, they also do fairly well in disturbed areas and are commonly seen as small trees along highways.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-274.

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Liquidambar styraciflua


sec. 1993

common name: sweetgum
family: Hamamelidaceae
Identified 2002-09-09 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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