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sweetgum

[′swēt‚gəm]
(botany)
Liquidambar styraciflua. A deciduous tree of the order Hamamelidales found in the southeastern United States, and distinguished by its five-lobed, or star-shaped, leaves, and by the corky ridges developed on the twigs.
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She ended up snatching handfuls of pine cones, acorns, berries, sweet-gum balls and leaves and scenting the mixture with a home-brewed recipe of pharmacy oils.
The Sweet-gum (Liquidamber) is yet another native, specimen tree that offers star-shaped leaves that turn scarlet in the fall.
The best of what's left may be the remnant bottomland hardwoods bordering the White and Cache rivers of eastern Arkansas, where fragmented strips of flood-prone woodland linger in dense stands of cypress, oak, sycamore, tupelo, hickory, sweet-gum, sugarberry, and cane shading creatures ranging from timber rattlers to black bears.