City of Trees: Liquidambar

Winter in SoCal looks so much like fall in much of the world. Every day I am seeing snowy photos from Europe on my Instagram feed, and as I walk the streets of Claremont, I see trees a season behind.

I’ve heard that east coast people planted liquidambar trees (also known as sweetgum) here for their colorful foliage.

Before the colors change, the trees look like this:

Some leaves turn yellow.

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These days we are seeing some orange and red.

The seed pods are called gumballs (or ankle busters) and are quite prickly.

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