Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
Particularly stunning in autumn when the leaves may take on multiple hues, eventually turning to red, Sweetgum can be a huge tree (up to 150 feet) with a straight drunk and dense, upright crown. With a range that extends to southern Indiana and Ohio, this is most commonly a species of the South where it grows in moist bottomlands and dry, upland forests. The leaves are 7 inches long and star-shaped with deep lobes. The flowers are tiny, and the fruits are borne in a spherical cluster on a long stalk. Often planted as an ornamental, this is a long-lived species.