The sweetgum is a common shade tree in Southern California. It is one of the few trees here with bright fall color. But why do some sweetgum trees turn bright red when others turn bright yellow?
Among the fall leaves you see the fruit, still bright green.
This is the fruit after it has ripened, dropped its seeds (well, most of them) and fallen from the tree. It is hard, woody, and has sharp points. Of course any remaining seeds which sprout in my garden are weeds.
Here is the fruit of the sweetgum
placed to discourage
marauding mollusks (snails
and slugs). A TV gardener said that they work as well as wood ash, but
don't need to be replaced every time they get wet. I have found
that he was correct.
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