Hamamelidaceae, Witchhazel Family
Location: East side of Gilpatrick
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).
This tree reduces atmospheric carbon by 1,242 lbs per year! It also conserves 294 kilowatt/hours of energy by cooling its surroundings.