Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Origin: Eastern US
Why is it called Worplesdon Sweetgum? When the bark is peeled, a brown-yellow sap, or gum, comes out. Native American’s used that sap a chewing gum and as medicine. Worplesdon is a cultivar, or cultivated variety of the American Sweetgum
Common Names: American Sweetgum, Redgum, Sapgum
Mature Height: 50-60 feet
Mature Width/Spread: 30-40 feet
Leaves: Shiny dark green leaves that are star-shaped and have 5 to 7 long pointed lobes.
In the fall, the leaves become: fiery red, orange and purple from early September through late October before they fall
Did you know …
- It is a commercial hardwood in the Southeast US and is used to manufacture fruit crates.
- In the summer, the tree develops yellow -green spherical flower clusters that over time turn into bristly “gum-balls.”
- Native Americans would use the tree sap to make teas and to treat dysentery and diarrhea.
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