Sweetgum, Witch Hazel
The sweetgum has star shaped leaves.
The sweet gum has fruits that look like " gumballs" which persist throughout the winter.
One shouldn't confuse this witch-hazel tree with the shrubs of the same name that bloom at the end of February every year. The one pictured is the native witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). The native one blooms during the fall, not the early spring. The spring blooming species is called vernal witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) after the time of year in which it blooms.
The old flowers on this witch-hazel bush on the south side of Widener Library.
Created by Ryan Lynch
Last updated May 20, 2007