Sweetgum
Sweetgum bark
Sweetgum leaf
Sweetgum plaque
Sweetgum
Recognition Features 

Palmately veined and lobed star-shaped leaves, similar to Maple leaves but arranged alternately. Fruit is spiked like burrs. Naturally appears in Southern Ohio.

Historical Notes 

The name sweet gum is derived from the resin it produces, which has been used as a treatment for sores and skin troubles, chewing gum, adhesives, perfumes, fuel, and most notably, as a flavoring for tobacco. Now, it is primarily used as lumber, to be made into cabinets, boxes, and crates (Peattie 1964).

Scientific Name 
Liquidambar styraciflua
Scientific Family 
Altingiaceae
Common Family 
Witch Hazel
Denison Tree ID 
(DUARB-28)
Location 
East side of Gilpatrick