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Dec 13, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
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Hello all! These trees are planted all over the college I go to in Westchester County, NY.
The leaves sort of resemble rounded maple leaves...
It is winter and it just snowed the other day, so the leaves are no longer green.

Anyone know what tree this is and if it is native to the area?

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Dec 13, 2017 7:43 PM CST
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Liquidambar styraciflua
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Dec 14, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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It looks like Sweetgum to me also. Smiling
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Dec 14, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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I was thinking that tree does not grow that far north. Could it be some type of maple or even a plane/sycamore of some kind? If it were Liquidambar the ground would be littered with spiky balls.

When trees are planted near a college/university it's always a good idea to ask the school for the list of plants on their campus. That will help narrow it down.

At one of the schools they have a native plant class.
http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/n...
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Dec 14, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Okay, I take back that it might not grow that far north. It may occur in that area.
https://naturewalk.yale.edu/tr...

But the leaves you are showing have rounded edges and the bark is different than the Sweetgum.

Can we look for other possibilities?
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Dec 14, 2017 2:46 PM CST
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The leaf shape of Liquidambar can be very varied. eg. Liquidambar styraciflua rotundiloba has very rounded leaf lobes.
See.

https://www.google.co.uk/searc...
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Dec 14, 2017 2:59 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Wow! that is a mazing variety of leaf shapes. Smiling
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Dec 14, 2017 3:20 PM CST
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This is likely the cultivar, 'Worplesdon'
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Dec 14, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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What's the name of the college in Westchester County, NY? Maybe someone can send them a message and they can give a definitive answer.
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Dec 14, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
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@greene it is Purchase College in Westchester county!
Do you think I could find out all of the species they planted? I wonder who I'd have to contact Blinking

Also @Silversurfer, Liquidambar styraciflua rotundiloba seems like it might be it!

Thank you all I'm all ears!
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Dec 25, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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I think this is unquestionably the clonal selection Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'.

This selection was made long ago in North Carolina. It is best known (and named) for leaves with rounded rather than pointed lobes. It is also well known for forming few to no fruit - the spiny involucres mentioned above as commonly found under the common Sweetgum well known in the southeastern United States.

Planted on a campus would be expected: used ornamentally, without any of the "problems" of the species in a heavily trafficked landscape.

The other well known characteristic: it stays green late into fall in northerly climates, and leaves often freeze on the tree before changing to the famously colorful range which Sweetgum often displays.

For those that doubt its identity - especially considering it might be a Maple (Acer sp.) - take a look at the leaf arrangement along the stem. Sweetgum will always be alternate. Maple will always be opposite.
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