Liquidambar styraciflua, or American sweet gum is a large deciduous tree that drops its leaves in multiple colors of reds, browns, gold’s, and purples in the fall. It is a popular ornamental tree with 5 pointed star-shaped glossy leaves, and hard spiked fruits on its stems. The tree is grown for its hardwood and it has many benefits: the resin excreted from the wounds of the tree has medicinal benefits; the resin or sap can be chewed like a gum. The leaf stems has a menthol flavor and can be chewed in the mouth, as it helps relieve sinus congestion
Every autumn, the nature put on a spectacular display of colors in rich and vibrant hues. This is the peak season for picking wind fallen leaves, and my neighborhood has many sweet gum trees. Many of them have started to change colors and dropping their colorful foliage on the pavement. Here’s a post using freshly picked sweet gum and California pepper tree (Schinus molle) leaves bundled in silk fabric.
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