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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Feb 21, 2021 5:40 PM CST
So, I was walking my dog, and I came across this tree. Has some unusual seed pods.

Location is Boise, Idaho.


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Any idea of what it is?

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 21, 2021 5:42 PM CST
Looks like a liquid amber tree

Liquidambar styraciflua
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BigBill
Feb 21, 2021 5:49 PM CST
Sweet Gum is the common name that I know it by.
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Feb 21, 2021 5:54 PM CST
Yes, American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) as noted.

Not of Boise, for sure, but pretty common in wet areas in southeastern US.\

Boise conditions must not be treating it well. I've never seen one with that "wild" a habit before. This species typically has a dominant central leader.

The way that trunk has no flare at the base (looks like a telephone pole emerging from ground) tells me that it is planted too deep. That likely contributes to poor performance.

The spiny seed husks are great ID feature. They take forever to decompose, and can be an annoyance for barefoot lawn walkers.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2021 6:01 PM CST
I agree, Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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Feb 21, 2021 6:13 PM CST
Thank you. I was skeptical that it was sweetgum because I didn't think they grew here. Thanks for telling me what it was.
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2021 6:58 PM CST
hmm, this page states that it is not present in Idaho: https://idfg.idaho.gov/species... but those sure look like seed pods of Sweetgum.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Feb 21, 2021 7:53 PM CST
Not native, for sure. Planted by a human - very likely.
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Name: Daisy I
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Feb 21, 2021 7:55 PM CST
The Boise Parks & Recreation Department's Tree Selection Guide lists Liquidambar styraciflua in their Urban Forest lists as a Class 2 street tree. I always thought of Boise as the Banana Belt of Idaho. But they were planted all over Pocatello as street trees also. There are a lot of Liquidambers in Northern Nevada too.

Something happened to the central leader of that tree but otherwise, it looks fine.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2021 7:57 PM CST
ViburnumValley said:Not native, for sure. Planted by a human - very likely.


Of course not native. They are native to the Southeastern U.S. But we all plant trees native to someplace else otherwise, my yard would only have Mountain Junipers and Single Needle Pinyons. Smiling

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