Texas Gardening forum: Do you have a Sweetgum tree you hate?

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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Apr 8, 2014 11:56 AM CST
Here is a great reason not to hate it anymore. Isn't it beautiful. Last 2 years they have been in my yard Smiling I am 99% organic when comes to insecticides.


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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 8, 2014 12:55 PM CST
So pretty! Neighbor has two large Sweetgum trees and the forest behind us has dozens. I love them except for one time of year, but then, many other trees fit into that category as well!
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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Apr 8, 2014 3:31 PM CST
I have always hated the balls off them....dont complain much with these beauties now :)8
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 8, 2014 10:39 PM CST
I saw a Christmas tree once decorated with spray-painted silver and gold Sweetgum balls. It was a natural-decorations tree with pine sprays, pine cones and other Nature's beauties and really was lovely.
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Name: Misti
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Misti
Apr 9, 2014 7:23 AM CST
We too have some in our yard near our sweetgums!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Apr 9, 2014 8:08 AM CST
I also love the fall color, yes they can be messy but all plants have their drawbacks. Smiling

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Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
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ilovejesus99
Apr 9, 2014 10:07 AM CST
I have always wanted to take the ones with stem still on and dip them several times in red wax to make them look like cherries to use as fire starters. But so many crafts and so little time Whistling Lovey dubby
Name: Tim Hoover
Elysian FIelds, Texas (Zone 8a)
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TimHoover
Apr 9, 2014 9:02 PM CST
I actually love Sweetgum trees. Some times in the middle of winter I can smell them- they make a sweet, haunting smell. When I first moved down here, I would smell that scent but never could figure out where it came from. A friend of mine, a super smart horticulturist, told me the smell emanated from Sweetgum trees. It comes from the bark.
I did not know they attracted Luna Moths! Once in a great while I see one, it is always a treat. I used to see those giant moths, Cassiopeia is the name I was told. Have not seen one in a bunch of years though.
Cheryl, that is the coolest idea to paint the balls for Christmas! That would make a good gift! I would like to get something like that given to me.
Name: Sandy
Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Composter Bee Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hibiscus Region: Texas
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ilovejesus99
Apr 10, 2014 7:54 AM CST
Is this the one you use to see? I have had them for quite a few years. They are beautiful also.

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