Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua Linnaeus  Synonyms: Sweetgum.

Status:

Very common on the coastal plain. Less common in the piedmont and west. Absent in the far western counties.

Description:

Note distinctive leaf shape and seed pods.

Relationships:

Host plant to various moth species including Large Paectes Moth, Pygmy Paectes Moth, Imperial Moth, Luna Moth, Io Moth, Promethea Moth, Regal Moth, Cecropia Moth, Fall Webworm Moth, Banded Tussock Moth, Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth, Harris's Three-spotted Moth, and American Plum Borer (Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants).

The moth Phyllocnistis liquidambarisella creates distinctive leaf mines on the leaves of Sweetgum.

There are 589 records in the project database.

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Sweet Gum in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/12/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum growing in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (5/7/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in the Piedmont -- where it is much less common than it is on the Coastal Plain; Montgomery Co., Maryland (11/8/2015). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/13/2015). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum growing in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/26/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Prince George's Co., Maryland (11/27/2015). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/1/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

The bark of a mature Sweet Gum growing in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/28/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum (trunk) on Assateague Island, Worcester Co., Maryland (2/20/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Sweet Gum trunk at Fort Smallwood Park, Maryland (1/26/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Wicomico Co., Maryland (12/28/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum fruit in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (11/23/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum seed balls in Kent Co., Maryland (3/26/2016). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum, showing characteristic corky outgrowths on twigs, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/28/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum (note corky outgrowths of bark) in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (1/15/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Sweet Gum bud at Downs Park in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/14/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Worcester Co., Maryland (1/30/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Sweet Gum in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/24/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)


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