Sweet Gum Tree in Early Fall

Nature Walks

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I saw this tree on a nature park in the local area. It has star-shaped leaves. You can see the spiky seed pods ripening. About the size of a ping-pong ball, they are dark brown and very sharp once they fall to the ground. The wood is light colored with dark streaks and very hard. It makes a marvelous fire wood, but is challenging to split. I do not carve wood, but I think it would make a beautiful handle with the coloring and hardness qualities.