There are at least seven hundred species within the Australian eucalyptus “Gum Tree” family. Garden Grim All Things Witchy, Herbs, Recipes, Trees, Uncategorized May 31, 2018 June 5, 2018. Depending on the disease, a sweet gum tree may be affected on a cosmetic level or may be in danger of death. Sweetgum Tree Pictures welcome. This tree is in a rather wet part of the yard except in July-August when we have very hot dry weather. Diseases of a sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) come in many forms, with the majority as fungal infections. It hails from the Altingiaceae family tree, belonging to the Saxifragales order.
From what I can see of the crown (top), the tree looks pretty healthy. American sweetgum seeds are eaten by eastern goldfinches, purple finches, sparrows, mourning doves, northern bobwhites and wild turkeys.

Keep your tree vigorous, as healthy trees are resistant to canker disease. I think it was about 30 years old and such a pain in the. History/Lore The Sweetgum tree is native to the southeastern United States and a member of a genus made up of only six species. Children have chewed the resinous sap like chewing gum. Small mammals such as chipmunks, red squirrels and gray squirrels also enjoy the fruits and seeds. It was a beautiful shade tree but the sweet gum balls and leaves were just too much! The Tree is a deciduous tree, it will be up to 45 m (148 ft) high.
The flowers are small, produced in a dense globular inflorescence 1 to 2 cm diameter, pendulous on a 3 to 7 cm stem. You will appreciate the fact that you can get more than one autumn color on the same tree, which is also true of some maple trees . Botryosphaeria canker may cause branch dieback, cosmetic damage and even the death of the tree. How to Kill a Gum Tree. By: Lisa Wampler 21 September, 2017. Southern nicknames for sweetgum include red gum and alligator wood. With that amount of peeling, if it were a disease, then you would probably see branch dieback in the top of the tree. Several cankers form on the bark of sweet gum trees resulting in lesions that may become sunken with roughened bark that peels from the tree. I had them removed, and some of the inner wood was blackened. Sweet gum trees are deciduous trees, 20 to 40 meters in height. Leaves are alternate; petiole length is from 3 to 7cm; linear stipules are caducous; heart-shaped blade is often 3-lobed. The sweetgum from which its name derives is a layer of resin under the bark, which gives the tree its distinctive but non-perfumy fragrance.