the freaky tree in my yard is…

 called what? Anyone know what this kind of tree is? It looks like things of nightmares. it drops these spiky cherry looking things on my yard (see mushroom pic) that hurt when you step on them barefoot–like a lego.DSC_7285DSC_7297

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  1. It is a liquidambar! They are such wonderful trees … Well they are here in NZ

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    1. I’ve not heard of this name before. Why are they wonderful? Happy New Year, Julie!!! ~amy

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      1. They look stunning when they drop their leaves in Autumn 😊

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      2. I will watch for next year…if i still live in this house (unlikely) Thank you, Julie! ~amy

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  2. chuck jones says:

    Sweetgum tree

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    1. Thank you, chuck jones! Happy New Year to you!~amy

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  3. richholschuh says:

    Yup. Sweetgum. Not something we encounter here in Vermont, but then you’re far away now… To me, it’s a fascinating novelty!

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    1. I never saw anything like this in Vermont. I’ve had this tree in my front yard for 8, but i never noticed it because the branches were so high, but the storms knocked some down. they look as though their flesh (bark) is growing…gross. Nice to meet a fellow Vermonter (i still/always will be one) Happy New Year! ~amy

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  4. Oh yea, it’s a sweetgum. We have one.

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    1. You are the third to say Sweetgum…thank you! how strange they look without their leaves. ~amy

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  5. Kim says:

    …or a Chestnut tree?

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    1. Not a chestnut, the spiky things that fall to the ground do NOT look inviting at all & they hurt to step on, think lego pieces! ~amy

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      1. Kim says:

        Ouch! I thought the website I looked at mentioned spikey balls in the fall and winter on chestnut trees. Regardless, keep your feet safe! 🙂

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      2. Thank you, Kim! ~amy

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  6. Catwoods says:

    Ouch! I’ve heard of others stepping on Sweetgum fruit. I haven’t so far, though I live around the trees, in the Alabama woods. I know they are not popular trees but I do enjoy their autumn colors. We used to paint the fruits gold and silver for holidays.

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    1. fruits?! Those evil looking cherries that fall? Are they edible…to anything? I have only one in my front yard, the color in the fall seems to be just yellow. I will look harder next fall. Thank you so much for your help! ~amy

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  7. It is a Sweetgum _Liquidambar stryaciflua, if you need the better sounding Latin. Believe it or not these are loved in the UK and Australia for fall color

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    1. You are the second to say they have nice fall color. Mine only turns yellow. But i really never took note of it, until the storms knocked down the branches. Thank you so much! ~amy

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  8. Linda Reynolds says:

    It’s a sweet gum tree with some sort of disease process going on.
    Don’t chew any part of this tree.
    We’re not talking about Whigley’s spearmint.
    The starlike balls can be low oven sterilised and used as decoration.

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    1. OH! You are the first to say that. That is a disease that makes the branches look like their flesh is growing WRONG…Why would i chew on the tree? You can chew on regular Sweetgum trees? They taste like spearmint? Why would the starlike balls need to be sterilized? Sorry about all the questions, i suppose i should just google it. Thank you for your information! ~amy

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