The Amazing Sweetgum

Sweetgum, also known as Alligatorwood, has many known culinary and medicinal uses. Today, it’s mostly used to make plywood. Common Name: SweetgumScientific Name: Liquidambar styracifluaPlant Family: AltingiaceaeIdentifying characteristics: palmately lobed, star-shaped leaves, spiky, round fruit Center of diversity and current-day distribution Sweetgum is native to East and South-East regions of North America, as well as…

Benefits of Street Trees

Street trees are vital to a neighborhood’s health. They fulfill a variety of critical functions that often go unrecognized. Benefits of street trees include: Carbon sequestration: The larger the tree, the better it is at fighting climate change. Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London Planes (Platanus × acerifolia) are considered among the best performers when it…

Name Tags for Trees? What Does it Mean?

If you’re looking at this page, you’ve likely seen a tree in your neighborhood with a name tag like this and scanned the QR code on the back. Thank you for noticing, and welcome! Why do this? Street trees are often overlooked, but they are a vital part of any neighborhood. Like human residents, street…

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