If you’ve ever seen, stepped on, tripped, slid, or touched this prickly, spiky “fruit” of the Sweet Gum Ball tree, you would understand why the owners want so desperately to pick them up, preferably with the least human contact as possible!
But, I’m getting ahead of myself! Before we chop down, chemically treat or spray this tree into oblivion, let me point out some of the very positive aspects of this shade bearing, multi-colored leaves, good privacy provider, great lumber, feast for animals and birds, beautiful tree.
The Sweet Gum Ball tree is among the most popular trees that add beauty to the landscape when the leaves change in the autumn months. It has a star shaped leaf that changes to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red and purple.
This tree is highly recommended for ornamental and landscape uses because of it beauty and the shade it provides. It also is great at providing privacy barriers.
The fruit does provide food for forest animals such as squirrels, wood ducks, white tailed deer, mourning doves, beavers and birds. They are fast growing and resistant to insect attack which make them useful in land reclamation and reforestation projects.
The Sweet Gum Ball Tree is also a very popular timber wood. It has an attractive interlocked grain and easily takes on staining, painting, and is moderately easy to shape and bore.
This tree sounds just about perfect in every way, except for its spiky balls that can appear to be more of a weapon than a fruit that opens to let the seeds out! Instead of worrying about all those pesky balls around your beautiful tree, let the Bag-A-Nut Sweet Gum Ball unit pick them up for you with ease!