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American Gumtree · Liquidambar styraciflua

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Location: Maynard, MA; near Maynard High School

This is just a young tree planted ornamentally, but I was struck by the unique leaf shape. This is a relatively common native tree in the Southeast, but isn’t widely naturalized in the Northeast beyond ornamental plantings.

I thought maybe this was an ornamental maple, but I haven’t the fine-toothed margin on these leaves on any of those. I’ll keep an eye on this tree to see if it produces the funky spiked fruit balls that make the gumtree unmistakeable.

Liquidambar styraciflua at Wikipedia